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Young people grill leaders

Decision makers were grilled by youngsters in a Question Time-style debate.

The event was organised by Motherwell Youth Voice to give young people a chance to question local leaders on the issues that matter to them.

North Lanarkshire Council chief executive Gavin Whitefield, councillor Michael Ross, and Strathclyde Police chief inspector Gregor McKenzie were among those put under the spotlight at the two-hour event.

They were questioned on issues such as youth employment, transportation concerns, crime, development on the Ravenscraig site, education and sporting opportunities.

Motherwell Youth Voice chairperson Nina Mullen, who chaired the event, said at the start: “The panel we have make vital decisions that affect us so we want as many questions as possible about issues that affect you.”

The panel being questioned also included North Lanarkshire Leisure chief executive Blane Dodds, Lauren King of the Scottish Youth Parliament and community youth manager Liz Fergus.

Motherwell Youth Voice is a forum for young people and is run and lead with the support of staff from North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development. Its members meet weekly and discuss issues within the community that effect young people.

The stereotyping of young people was one of the themes discussed during the debate.

Councillor Ross said: “The problem is that young people are a soft target. You can’t vote and you have no strong buying power.

“What you need to do is make it harder for yourselves to be stereotyped. Speak up and let people hear the positive things you bring to the community.”

Mr Whitefield said it had been a worthwhile event, adding: “The quality of questions was excellent and, as a council, we would be keen to see this dialogue continue.”

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