Labour parliamentary candidate for East Thanet, Polly Billington, visited Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Ramsgate as part of a campaign project by students to build a better Thanet.
In a special citizenship masterclass Year 9 students pitched their ideas for campaigns to make a difference locally.
After listening to all the students’ ideas, Polly said: “I was very impressed by the variety of issues raised by the students at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar and their ability to speak up for the causes that mattered to them.
“From cracking down on vaping among young people, to increasing recycling and tackling the cost of living, the students had some brilliant ideas, really demonstrating the passion and commitment of the next generation to make a positive difference in their community.”
The top two campaign ideas were: a campaign to tackle discrimination against those with disabilities and a summer skills school for children from working families. Polly will now support the students from Chatham & Clarendon Grammar to take these campaigns forward.
She said: “This was a brilliant day, and I hope many more schools across East Thanet can take part, helping the next generation discover their voices and advocate for the issues that matter most to them.”