Newcastle City Council today played host to a group of thirteen young people from across Newcastle who were given the opportunity to question council officials and a local MP, as part of Children’s Takeover Day at the Council’s offices at Blackfriars Court.
The group questioned the Newcastle North MP about her role as an MP, her previous role as Shadow Children and Young Families Minister and what action she was taking in Parliament on issues that affect young people. Ms McKinnell also took the opportunity to sign Newcastle’s Young People’s Rights Charter.
The event, one is a series of Children’s Takeover Days organised by the Children’s Commissioner, saw young people from across Newcastle touring Newcastle City Council’s offices at Blackfriars Court and meeting with and questioning Newcastle City Council officials.
Ms McKinnell commented “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Children’s Takeover Day at Newcastle City Council for the second year running. It is fantastic to see young people getting involved with politics and ensuring that their voices are heard across the City.
“The young people were all engaging with some really great questions and ideas. I hope that through the day they gained an insight into how Newcastle City Council works and into the role of an MP”.