Young people quiz councillors at event 

Councillor Woodward, winner of the Speed Rating event
Zavairiya Jana (16) and Khansa Taha (16) from Bolton Youth Council present the crown and cloak to winning Councillor Mrs Mary Woodward.

Young people have chosen their favourite councillor at a speed-rating event at Bolton Town Hall.

Yesterday’s ‘speed rating’ event at Bolton town hall saw 98 young people from various Bolton youth groups question 13 local councillors before selecting their favourite to celebrate Local Democracy Week. The winning councillor was Councillor Mrs Mary Woodward who received a commemorative plate from the Mayor.

The event, organised by Bolton Youth Council, involved the young people taking three minutes to quiz each of the councillors, and then rate them in order of preference.

Questions on anti-social behaviour, vandalism, entertainment and transport costs were asked by the young people of Bolton.

The event was designed as a way to increase young people’s awareness of politics and democracy, and to encourage a positive relationship between young people and their councillors.

Khansa Taha, from Bolton Youth Council said: “This event really was one of a kind! The young people who took part got a fun experience that was informative, exciting and a real eye opener.

Teaching Bolton’s young people about democracy and politics makes them feel empowered to create a society fair for them to live in.”

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “This event will have been a good learning experience for the young people and the councillors involved.

I’m sure that my fellow councillors were impressed with the questions they were asked, and hopefully those young people who took part will have learned more about the political process that shapes their future.”

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