A political hopeful is returning to his roots in a bid to persuade young people in Blackpool to vote.
Former Blackpool Sixth Form student Sam Rushworth, 29, is returning to the college today to take part in events organised by the newly-formed politics society.
As the prospective parliamentary candidate for Labour in Blackpool North and Cleveleys, and with experience in community work and international development, he is hoping his experiences will convince teenagers to think about voting.
Sam will be taking part in debates and discussions with students, talking about local issues as well as national and international topics.
He said: “When young people don’t vote they hand responsibility for the decisions that affect their futures to others – usually those who are a lot older and richer than them.
“My aim is simply to get students to form their own opinions and use their right to vote for whichever party or candidate they choose.”
Also on the bill for the day is prospective Labour candidate Cat Smith, who is hoping to stand for Fleetwood and Lancaster.
Student Andy Doughty, 17, from Fleetwood, said: “Hearing from politicians engaging with young people will inspire students to feel involved with the political system.
“It’s particularly empowering having Cat speak to us about women in politics, as Westminster is dominated by white male politicians.”
During the college’s lunch break today the society will be giving out voter registration forms to fellow students and encouraging them to complete them so they can have their say in elections when they turn 18.
Jack Burrell, 17, a founder of the politics society, said: “I believe that young people are underrepresented in politics. It is important to give them a leading role in deciding who is elected into government.”
The politics society is now looking to contact other political parties to visit the sixth form, including current Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard, a Conservative MP, who has agreed to meet with them.