Teenagers not allowed to go to voting event - because it is 'too political'

The Bolton News: Teenagers not allowed to go to voting event - because it is 'too political' Teenagers not allowed to go to voting event - because it is 'too political'

BOLTON’S youth MPs were not allowed to attend an event encouraging more teenagers to vote — because it was political.

Ebony Cropper and Tresor Mbuyi were invited to attend an awareness event at Bolton College and Bolton Sixth Form College.

It had been organised by public services union Unison to encourage more young people to think about their votes ahead of today’s local and European elections.

But after Kieran Grogan, the youth officer at the Bolton branch, contacted children’s services at the council to ask if the pair could attend he was told it would not be possible — because the event was “too political” in the run-up to the poll.

Mr Grogan said he was disappointed and confused by the move.

He added: “The council is happy to parade them in front of the Labour politicians, but not to actually send them to talk to the people who voted them.

“I tried to make it clear to them it wasn’t political.

“It’s disappointing that it’s Unison and GMB that are fronting these initiatives to get more young people involved in politics, rather than the council who should be out promoting democracy.”

Teenagers Ebony and Tresor were elected to the youth council for two years following a vote of schoolchildren in March.

A council spokesman said: “We understand the role of the Youth MPs is to get young people involved in politics and we arrange for the MPs to attend events throughout the year which promote young people voting and getting involved with issues in their local communities.

“However, in this case we were concerned that if the Youth MPs, who are apolitical had attended this event, it could have led to suggestions that they had links to a particular political viewpoint.

“So, we erred on the side of caution and did not to send them.”

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3:56pm Thu 22 May 14

underwater says...

See that Unison has now got into School to brainwash the children from an early age. This should not be allowed .
See that Unison has now got into School to brainwash the children from an early age. This should not be allowed . underwater
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4:05pm Thu 22 May 14

filthy6 says...

underwater wrote:
See that Unison has now got into School to brainwash the children from an early age. This should not be allowed .
It's a fair point - they get visits from bankers, employers & councillors but they not allowed to speak to a trades union in case they brainwashed? Them pesky pinko commies.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: See that Unison has now got into School to brainwash the children from an early age. This should not be allowed .[/p][/quote]It's a fair point - they get visits from bankers, employers & councillors but they not allowed to speak to a trades union in case they brainwashed? Them pesky pinko commies. filthy6
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4:09pm Thu 22 May 14

holloway_david says...

It is politically motivated by Labour and the unions.
It is politically motivated by Labour and the unions. holloway_david
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4:28pm Thu 22 May 14

Jim271 says...

The University of Bolton once put up several posters condemning the BBC as they claimed they were misrepresenting China in its invasion of Tibet and invites to a rally outside the Old BBC building on Oxford Street.

So people form another country were studying in this country and yet had the nerve to criticise this country for having something as offensive as A FREE PRESS.

I decided to exercise one of my rights, and tore them all down.
The University of Bolton once put up several posters condemning the BBC as they claimed they were misrepresenting China in its invasion of Tibet and invites to a rally outside the Old BBC building on Oxford Street. So people form another country were studying in this country and yet had the nerve to criticise this country for having something as offensive as A FREE PRESS. I decided to exercise one of my rights, and tore them all down. Jim271
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5:26pm Thu 22 May 14

Regulatory Man says...

The young people should be pleased they were saved from having to listen to these idiots - Unions and Politicians about as effective as putting pepper in your garden to try and deter cats.
The young people should be pleased they were saved from having to listen to these idiots - Unions and Politicians about as effective as putting pepper in your garden to try and deter cats. Regulatory Man
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