Spreading the EU message among teens

ELECTION AWARE - Cyndi Hughes visits Darlington College as part of Europe Day in order to inform students of the up-coming European election.  Pictured (L-R) Amy Burrett, Cyndi Hughes, Michael Brown and Andrew Waters.

ELECTION AWARE - Cyndi Hughes visits Darlington College as part of Europe Day in order to inform students of the up-coming European election. Pictured (L-R) Amy Burrett, Cyndi Hughes, Michael Brown and Andrew Waters.

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A SENIOR councillor is keen to spread the message about the EU elections in a bid to get more young people voting.

As part of Europe Day today Cyndi Hughes, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for young people, visited Darlington College to speak with students on how the EU works.

She handed out free information on the EU and spoke about its rights for citizens and initiatives aimed specifically at young people.

Cllr Hughes decided to take action after reading statistics that reveal that less than 32 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds say they are absolutely certain to vote in the next general election, compared with 74 per cent of over 65s.

Coun Hughes said: “The figures for the next European election on May 22 must surely be even worse.”

She added: “I wasn’t there to spread a party political message, I was there providing factual information to young people hungry for the facts rather than tabloid tosh.”

Despite the apparent apathy towards the general election, a European survey of youth engagement showed that British youngsters are more likely to be engaged in action to improve their local community than anyone else in Europe.

And 90 per cent of British young people - above the European average - say that voting is the right way to make political change happen.

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4:23pm Fri 9 May 14

tubgut says...

She added: “I wasn’t there to spread a party political message, I was there providing factual information to young people hungry for the facts rather than tabloid tosh.”

Care to publish what she told them?
She added: “I wasn’t there to spread a party political message, I was there providing factual information to young people hungry for the facts rather than tabloid tosh.” Care to publish what she told them? tubgut
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12:29pm Sat 10 May 14

Spy Boy says...

No doubt Labour got a few good plugs. I have been a Labour voter for years, but they seem to have lost the plot. UkIP is just mad and the Tories are divisive and greedy. Lib Dems? OK at our local level, but they have sold themselves out by following would-be Tory, Clegg. Having actually read a lot of the stuff going the rounds, I really feel that the Green Party have the most to offer. Far from the Tree Huggers that the Tories et al, would have you believe, they have some good policies that would benefit us all.

We need to stay in Europe and we need to stick with Scotland. To leave the EU would be suicide. Too many large companies based here now will leave if we pull out. This includes Hitachi and Nissan. For Scotland to leave the UK, would be a death sentence for everyone north of the border. No matter what Salmond says, Scotland will be worse off on just about every major issue. They will lose the Pound and may not get the Euro.
No doubt Labour got a few good plugs. I have been a Labour voter for years, but they seem to have lost the plot. UkIP is just mad and the Tories are divisive and greedy. Lib Dems? OK at our local level, but they have sold themselves out by following would-be Tory, Clegg. Having actually read a lot of the stuff going the rounds, I really feel that the Green Party have the most to offer. Far from the Tree Huggers that the Tories et al, would have you believe, they have some good policies that would benefit us all. We need to stay in Europe and we need to stick with Scotland. To leave the EU would be suicide. Too many large companies based here now will leave if we pull out. This includes Hitachi and Nissan. For Scotland to leave the UK, would be a death sentence for everyone north of the border. No matter what Salmond says, Scotland will be worse off on just about every major issue. They will lose the Pound and may not get the Euro. Spy Boy
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