Council ban on MP school surgeries undermines citizenship


Following the refusal of East Dunbartonshire Council to allow local MP Jo Swinson to hold a lunchtime surgery for pupils at Lenzie Academy, Jo has urged the Council to revisit their position and change the rules.

Commenting, Jo said:

“While I’m always available to hear constituent concerns during my weekly surgeries, it’s important that pupils have a chance to have their voices heard on their own ground, in an environment where they feel confident and assured.”

“Just because people under 18 cannot vote does not mean that they shouldn’t have a say in politics. A surgery is simply for constituents to be able to alert their MP, who is their representative in Parliament, to the issues they are concerned about.”

Commenting, Ross Greer, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament for Clydebank and Milngavie, said:

There is simply no valid reason for denying an elected representative the chance to hear from their constituents. I have attended Jo’s previous school surgeries and certainly found them worthwhile.”

Commenting, Michael Low, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said:

“Young people are constituents too, and should be able to contact their MP easily. I do not believe it would be used to gain political influence, only to gain an insight into young people’s views”


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