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Hornchurch students told there are opportunities in politics

Sam Gould, member of the labour action team talking to the students at Havering Sixth Form College about engaging youths in politics.

Sam Gould, member of the labour action team talking to the students at Havering Sixth Form College about engaging youths in politics.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
1:00 PM

Young people wanting to make the step into politics were told “you can do it” by a member of the Brooklands Labour Party Action Team on Tuesday.

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Sam Gould talks to students during his visit to the 6th form college.Sam Gould talks to students during his visit to the 6th form college.

Sam Gould visited Havering 6th Form College in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, to talk to the upper 6th form politics classes about how he got involved, and how they can to.

And Sam, 22, from Romford, who is an ex-pupil of the college, knows the obstacles they face.

“I was in their position five years ago, I know how they feel, it can be intimidating,” said Sam

“So I talked to them about how I got into local politics, a lot of them didn’t know that they could join a party before the age of 18.

“It was a really good experience for them, and for us too as we got to hear what young people think are the big issues in the next few years.”

Youth unemployment was the main concern for the students according to Sam, who also spoke to the young people about attending local party meetings, which he believes can be intimidating for them.

He added: “Young people might not want to go to a meeting, especially on their own.

“But a lot of the students were on the school council, and I wanted to pass on that if they are having an influence within the school, why not move out of that into local politics. It’s just about making them aware.”

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