HNC Politics student Cheya has recently returned from the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, where she discovered first-hand the fast paced environment that comes with national politics – and how important it is for young people to engage with the political system.

Cheya, who hopes to progress into a career in Politics, spent two days at the Labour Party Conference. Day one saw Cheya explore the exhibition where she spoke to members of the Shadow Cabinet, attended Deputy Leader Angela Rayner’s keynote speech and also attended a range of fringe events- including a panel session with her local MP. A highlight of the day was being interviewed by the BBC (watch the clip on Twitter/X here) and attending an evening reception hosted by West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin.

On day 2, Cheya attended two fringe events which held particular interest for her- ‘the problem of educational disparity’ and ‘diversity in the workplace’, enjoyed Shadow Chancellor, Rachel Reeves delivering her keynote speech, and attended a reception hosted by former Leader, Ed Miliband.

Cheya comments “I have long wanted to attend the annual Labour Party Conference and I decided that this year, ahead of an upcoming General Election, would be the year to go! I had a brilliant time meeting like-minded people and a host of MP’s and influential members of the party. I learnt so much and it was incredibly exciting to experience the event in action and gain an insight into the world of national politics”.

Nina Attridge, Teacher of A Level Politics, comments “For students studying A Level Politics, an interest in current affairs and our political system is a must. Cheya’s attendance at the Labour Party Conference has provided her with an invaluable experience and understanding of how a Shadow Cabinet operates, and this will have a positive impact on her A Level Politics studies as she progresses through Year 13. I am delighted that Cheya has chosen to engage with an event like this and that this has further motivated her to pursue a career in politics”.

Keep an eye out for our events during UK Parliament Week and how you as a young person can engage with local and national politics.

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