max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C


Bury St Edmunds: Youngsters share their views at first meeting of town youth forum

14:13 05 September 2014

Lord Norman Tebbit.

Lord Norman Tebbit.


The first Bury St Edmunds Youth Forum saw Norman Tebbit field questions on changing attitudes to politics and the modern approach to education, while the town’s cycle provision came in for criticism.


The forum, which met at Southgate Community Centre, on Caie Walk, is hoping to become a platform for the town’s younger voice, bringing in high profile speakers every month.

The youngster behind the idea is 16-year-old Toby Jeffery, the member of youth parliament for the Bury constituency. He said: “The idea is to give the youth in the area a chance to voice their opinions and to hear others.

“By getting people in, like Norman Tebbit, to not only speak but to take questions means their opinions can be heard and taken notice of.

“I know we have a political speaker today, but it won’t always be like that – it is not focused on politics.

“It is about getting young people talking about local issues, problems in the community.”

Talking about setting up the first meeting, the County Upper pupil said: “I have had the help of the planning committee to make today happen, it is great to see people here. I have only done part of the work.”

Speaking after his guest speech, the former Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Tebbit said: “I believe it is very important to get the young involved in politics. I think this forum is a good idea to get young people discussing the issues.”

When it came to the state of education facing the members of the forum, Lord Tebbit believed a lot could be done to change it for the better. He said: “I never went to university, I went straight into work after leaving school. These days there is a focus on getting people degrees often from third rate universities.

“The apprenticeship scheme is a good idea, but it needs to be updated and improved. University is not right for everyone or every profession.

“You need doctors and physicists, you need historians, geographers and even philosophers, but some degrees are completely valueless.”

The next meeting of the Youth Forum will feature guest speaker Baroness Scott of Needham Market and will be held on October 1, at the Southgate Community Centre.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The attack happened after a poker tournament

A violent drunk who bit part of a man’s ear off during a row at a poker tournament in Ipswich has been jailed for three years.

Climate change campaigners in London ahead of UN talks. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Urgent action is required to protect Suffolk’s communities from the growing “catastrophic” threats of climate change, it has been claimed.

Jimmy Dean and Ellie Gocher with Mike Leigh and the Greenhorn Film Festival team.

A talented young director’s short film has put Ipswich and Felixstowe in the spotlight as it receives international praise.

Tom Haslam on the turbo trainer at La Tour Cycle Cafe.

Scores of cyclists joined forces this weekend to virtually pedal the distance from Ipswich to Paris in support of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Matt Bunn joined the Ipswich Round Table's annual Rudolph Run.

The festive lights have been switched on in the middle of Ipswich and – before we know it – Rudolph and Father Christmas will be spreading their magic around town.

Fears were raised over the impact the strikes would have on A&E departments.

Strike action by thousands of junior doctors has been suspended so talks can continue, the Government and the British Medical Association (BMA) have announced.

The Christmas Tree on the Cornhill in 1985,  Grimwades was on the right of the picture

As the festive cheer spreads through Ipswich, reader Janice Poulson has been looking back at how the town used to be at Christmas, and other times of the year.

Michael Leaberry

Police are appealing for help to find a missing man believed to have links to Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and north Wales.

Daniel Compton with daughter Evie

The parents of baby Evie Compton have spoken of their heartache after revealing it is unlikely she will be allowed to fly home to Ipswich for Christmas.

Don't feed the ducks this winter

People are being urged not to feed left over bread to the ducks in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24