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Shadow education minister meets Regent students

andy burnham meets regent politics students

29th March 2011

Shadow education minister Andy Burnham MP visited Regent College to debate topical issues with students

 

Andy Burnham MP met with students and discussion centred around Government decisions to cut Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) as well as wider issues affecting young people in the college. He also answered more general questions on policy in the lively political debate.

 

Andy Burnham MP said: “ People asked excellent questions, I’m not saying I have all the answers, it’s a process of listening and re-building trust after the last election. The students are a credit to the college and I am sure they will go far in life.”

 

The group of students studying Government and Politics at the college were thrilled to have had the opportunity to put the shadow minister under the spot light, in the session that lasted over an hour.

 

Student Samantha said: “ I feel privileged to have had this opportunity at Regent College. It is good to know that young people are being listened to. They were really down to earth, and actually wanted to hear what we had to say.”

Mu-Hamid, 18, “ It was a brilliant event. At times of such political and economic uncertainty it is important that politicians involve young people in policy making. I spoke to Andy (Burnham) about a possible national youth summit and he agreed. It was brilliant for Andy to attend Regent as it is such a diverse college with very talented staff and students alike.”

Michael, 18, said “ I enjoyed the discussion as it was entertaining and informative. I truly believe that it was a worthwhile experience for both me and the college.”

 

Student Adam said: “It was an honour to meet Mr Burnham and discuss the issues. It was an incredible opportunity to meet someone of genuine power who shows genuine concern. We may not see eye to eye entirely but he made a very good case.”

 

The shadow minister was joined in the debate by the Jon Ashworth, Labour candidate for the forthcoming Leicester South by-election.

 

Jon Ashworth said: “ It was a good discussion, lots of important issues were raised and they asked intelligent questions, they definitely gave us a grilling. It’s important to discuss the issues important to young people in Leicester.”

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