Searching for the youth vote

TOWN chiefs are taking politics to the youth generation after posting a clip on internet video site YouTube.

TOWN chiefs are taking politics to the youth generation after posting a clip on internet video site YouTube.

As part of the debate around the shake-up of local government in Suffolk, Ipswich borough Council has posted a video on the website in a bid to stimulate discussion.

Featuring Andrew Cann, leader of Ipswich's Lib Dem group, the short piece, titled Politics on the Prom, discusses the merits of a unitary council involving Ipswich, Felixstowe and the Shotley peninsular.

Mr Cann said: “I think it's important to communicate our ideas in as many ways possible.


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“The more different ways we communicate the better.”

Leader of Ipswich council Liz Harsant said she feels the clip shows the authority is taking a modern approach.

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“I think it's fun. Younger people might look at it and think it's interesting. Maybe it will make people think that they can be a councillor, that it is not all about sitting in meetings. Any means of communication in this modern world is fantastic.”

Boundary chiefs are proposing a new south Suffolk authority which would extend from the Orwell/Stour estuary to the Deben estuary.

It includes the Shotley peninsula as far west as the A12 - including the villages of Capel St Mary and Stratford St Mary as well as Bramford, Sproughton, Claydon, Barham and the Blakenhams.

The rest of Suffolk will be governed by a second authority apart from Lowestoft which would be incorporated in a super council covering the whole of Norfolk.

The issue is currently undergoing a public consultation.

Do councils do enough to engage with youngsters? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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