Labour politicians in the North East are seeking new ways to relate to young voters. Jenny Marra, Labour MSP, attended a recent BBQ event outside Inverbervie to talk politics with the up and coming electorate.
Labour candidate for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine in the recent elections, Greg Williams, also attended and was keen to stress the importance of politics and how it affects young people’s everyday lives.
He began by asking the young voters what issues they thought needed addressed in Scotland and the Aberdeenshire area. Discussions on a range of issues from independence to education ensued.
Mr Williams stressed that his aim was to “represent the views of young voters”. He said he was committed to “hearing what young people have to say”.
He highlighted his recent achievement in getting Network Rail to recommend more morning trains stopping at Portlethen. He said that it had been difficult but was worthwhile.
One young voter at the event who lives in Newtonhill said: “It will be much easier now that I can get the train at Portlethen.”
MSP Jenny Marra, who is a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee, also attended the event.
Ms Marra gave a talk about how she got involved in politics and urged young voters to do the same. She led a discussion about education in the North-East.
A number of pupils present said that they were unhappy with the size of classes in their schools and thought something should be done.
Lani Baird, Student President for Aberdeen College agreed that it is vital to “ensure equal opportunity for each pupil”.
Ms Marra promised that she would pass on the views expressed to the Education and Culture Committee. She further emphasised Mr Williams’ message that young people’s views mattered.