This evening I had the absolute pleasure of co-hosting a live Q&A session on zoom that was broadcast across Facebook Live, with Huw Irranca-Davies, current MS for Ogmore Constituency. We were also joined by guests Megan Lambert, of Bridgend Youth Council and Anna Morgan, Womens Officer for the Bridgend Young Labour branch of Bridgend CLP.
We spent well over an hour answering loads of questions about the young vote in Wales, now that 16-17 year olds in Wales are eligible to vote in Welsh (and Scottish!) elections, for the first time ever. We also spoke about the challenges and progress made over the last 10 years relating to mental health, youth unemployment and provisions within Bridgend & Ogmore constituencies and across Wales more broadley, as well as other important issues that are vital to young voters in this day and age. We also discussed some important Welsh Labour pledges for this years Senedd election, in particular our Young Persons’ Guarantee, which will ensure the prospects of young people in Wales are strengthened and guaranteed well into adulthood, so that future generations continue to thrive under the protection of our Welsh Labour Government.
One of my favorite things to do in this campaign is to sit down and be able to just chat to current, new and future voters within the constituency, finding out what really matters to them! Young people in particular – it really helps me have a better understanding of whats important, in order to prioritize my commitments moving forward, should I be lucky enough to be elected. It was all done with the help of many questions submitted, as well as live comments and discussions from young people across both constituencies, with the amazing insight from Megan and Anna. It was an invaluable experience that I am hoping to repeat again soon. You can watch the session back here. You can also contact me anytime if you are a young voter and have any questions you’d like to ask!
If you are a young person aged 16-17, have you registered to vote? You have until April 19th, 2021 to do so for the Senedd Elections on May 6th! More information can be found here.