13 OCT 2017

Democracy Week at Smannell & Enham Primary School

The children of Smannell & Enham Primary School took to the polls last week to vote in their new school council; known as the Junior Governors. As a former pupil, I was delighted to be asked to give a talk about my role leading Test Valley Borough Council, the fundamental importance of democracy in my job and to offer some campaigning advice to the children.

The votes were counted by the school's ambassadors Verity and Eswyn and the results declared to the excited audience at Friday's Celebration Worship.

It is important our young people understand and value our democratic system as it is not something we should ever take for granted – there are plenty of countries in the world whose populations are not free. As Ronald Regan said, we didn't pass freedom to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

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