Students take on councillors during democracy week

Students at the event at County Hall, Morpeth, to mark Local Democracy Week.
Students at the event at County Hall, Morpeth, to mark Local Democracy Week.
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Young people put Northumberland County councillors under the spotlight during an event to mark Local Democracy Week.

The students asked a number of questions on subjects such as the dualling of the A1 and the Northumberland youth service to a panel of six councillors.

The Question Time-style panel was chaired by business chairman Coun Scott Dickinson, with Couns Liz Simpson, Robert Arckless, Heather Cairns, Anne Dale and John Woodman.

The young people from James Calvert Spence College in Amble, Berwick Academy and representatives from the Tomorrow’s People project at Hadston also took part in an interactive e-voting session in the County Hall council chamber.

Following lunch with Coun Dickinson, the students were given a tour of the committee rooms at County Hall and learned more about the local democractic process.

Coun Dickinson said: “We were delighted that the students visited and showed their interest in how local democracy works. It’s really important that they have the opportunity to find out more about how they can have their say in decision-making and input their views. Maybe there will be some future politicians or campaigners from among the attendees as a result of this.”

The council is intending to run more of these kind of events in the future. Any groups who would be interested in finding out more can contact Mike Bird, democratic services, on 01670 622616 or by emailing