Politicans going back to school for question time

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Local politicians will go back to school today as part of annual youth-led debate.

The Lodge in Bedlington will today (Thursday) play host to local charity Leading Link’s annual BBC News School Report Question Time, which will see politicians and big decision makers coming together from across the region.

Student Voice representatives from St Benet Biscop High School will join the politicians in front of an audience of local residents, businesses and the wider community.

Panellists will include Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, Cramlington councillor Wayne Daley, and Consett councillor Owen Temple.

The youngsters from St Benet Biscop have been working on an agenda for the debate including discussions on Scottish independence and its relevance to the north east, and the issue of education and employment opportunities being part of a ‘postcode lottery’.

BBC Look North presenter Colin Briggs, will return as chairperson for the evening.

The ‘Question Time’ debate is part Leading Link’s work with St Benet Biscop High School on the BBC News School Report – a national project which encourages youngsters to engage in the news.

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “The students who sit on the panel get so much out of the debate, and it also allows our younger School Reporters to experience what is always a special evening.”

The debate will take place at The Lodge from 6pm to 8pm.