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Local Scouts and other young people met Conservative MPs at an event organised by The Scout Association and the charity Involve, to discuss key issues affecting youth in the UK, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff was one of a group of Conservative MPs who attended a workshop run by 30 young people at The Novotel, Birmingham. The workshop gave attendees a chance to voice their concerns on a number of topics such as knife crime, childhood obesity and youth volunteering.

The event was a unique opportunity for young people to engage directly with decision makers on the matters that impact their everyday life. The Scout Association and Involve ran similar workshops at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Bournemouth, and at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

Philippa Skeet, a 16 year old Scout from the 10th Scout Group Sutton Coldfield, who attended the session, said,

"It's been really interesting speaking with the politicians here today and getting our views across".

Peter Luff said,

"These young people were really engaged with today's problems. We talked about the voting age, the personalities in politics, student fees at universities and lots more. We agreed it would be good for MPs and scout groups to meet on a more regular basis, something I would be delighted to do."


Picture shows Peter Luff meeting two of the Scouts. For further information or images, please contact the Scout Association Press Office on 0207 618 9107 or Peter Luff MP on 01905 763952

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