With thousands of new voters aged 16 and 17 it would appear that a significant number of these voters are unsure of the political process, what options they will face in May and ultimately what party or politicians they should vote for.
But that’s about to change as Euan Waddell, deputy head boy of Woodfarm High School and the Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for East Renfrewshire brings together some of the big names in politics for an election debate aimed at empowering a generation of voters across East Renfrewshire who, until now, didn’t have a vote.
The event takes place on Wednesday, March 16, in Woodfarm High school, from 7pm.
The purpose is to provide young people with a platform to hear and question the opinions and values of the various political parties, and it is hoped that every single young person who attends leaves knowing why they should vote and having a better idea about who to vote for.
Euan told The Extra: “With a new generation of voters, I want to ensure that all young people can make an informed political decision. I hope those at the debate will enjoy it and be energised and enthused and take their first vote seriously! We fought so hard for votes at 16, let’s use it properly!”
The speakers from the five parties represented in the Scottish Parliament will be, Ross Greer – Lead Candidate in the West of Scotland for the Scottish Green Party, Katy Gordon – Lead Candidate in the West of Scotland for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Ken Macintosh – Eastwood MSP for Scottish Labour, candidate in the Eastwood Constituency, Stewart Maxwell – Regional MSP in the West of Scotland for the Scottish National Party, candidate in the Eastwood Constituency, Jackson Carlaw – Regional MSP in the West of Scotland for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, candidate in the Eastwood Constituency and Jordan Linden – MSYP for Uddingston and Bellshill and Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament
Chairing the event will be organiser Euan Waddell.
Tickets are free and available by contacting Euan Waddell on firstname.lastname@example.org
The debate is primarily aimed at young people so please bear this in mind if requesting tickets.