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Bromley scouts give MPs a grilling at party conference

PUBLISHED: 14:14 26 September 2012

Sam Gray, 20, of Orpington with MP Sir Bob Russell

Sam Gray, 20, of Orpington with MP Sir Bob Russell

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Politicians were put under the spotlight by two scouts last week as part of an event that lets youngsters question Britain’s MPs.

Jack Biddle, 18, of West Wickham, and Sam Gray, 20, of Orpington, attended the Liberal Democrats conference in Brighton as part of the annual Scouts Speak Up event.

Questions on topics such as changing school exams, the public perception of young people and the situation in Syria were put to MPs Tom Brake and Sir Bob Russell.

Explorer scout Jack said: “It’s great that young people have the opportunity to tell politicians what we think, and for them to listen.

“It is important that young people have a say, and events like this are a great step forward. As a scout, it is important for me to get involved and help inspire others to do so too.”

Many of the skills developed through scouting can help young people find employment and support applications to university and college.

Chief Scout and television explorer Bear Grylls hopes the Bromley scouts feel “empowered” by the political event.

He said: “For all those campaigning for a fairer deal for young people and scouting, I say well done, keep at it and don’t give up.”

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