Today in Parliament, I spoke to students from Norwich’s very own University of East Anglia.
The students asked very insightful questions, and certainly did not shy away from the big issues facing young people in Norfolk and the rest of the UK.
One student asked me: “beyond electoral reform, what constitutional reforms would be important?”
I answered by stating that electoral reform is not the “silver bullet” we need to fundamentally change the UK for the better, but a key to unlock a pathway to new and refreshing ways of encouraging democracy. Elections are not and should not be the only way we engage with politics, rather politics happens everyday, all around us. I believe our constitution should reflect this by consulting the public on any future constitutional reforms.
It is vital that young people continue to ask such important questions of the structures around them, and UEA should continue to play a significant role in fostering this.