Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman is launching a politics summer school to encourage young people to get their voices heard on issues they are passionate about.

The week-long programme will cover local and national politics, campaigning and climate policy, with a wide range of speakers and politicians involved.

In the past few years, young people across the world have spoken out about the climate crisis, campaigning effectively and unwaveringly for urgent action to protect the planet.

The summer school is inspired by those efforts, aiming to provide young people from Huddersfield with the tools needed to make their voices heard on environmental and political issues.

The sessions with MPs, journalists and campaigners will cover topics such as: how laws are passed, using your influence, debating in the public sphere, leadership and community engagement.

With up to 10 places on the programme available, the week’s activities will be an opportunity for young people to engage with politicians and their peers about issues that matter to them.

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Barry said: “When young people in Huddersfield write to me about current events and political issues, they always impress me with their enthusiasm, knowledge and desire for change.

“If we are going to build a future that works for everyone, we need to hear more from young people about their priorities and beliefs. Their voices are so important.

“With my summer school I want to give young people a way to learn more about how decisions are made and how they can influence them.”

The summer school will run from Monday July 19 to Friday July 23, with a graduation on the final day.

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Any young person who is aged 16 to 18 and lives or goes to school in Huddersfield can apply.

More details and the application form are available on Barry Sheerman’s website.