Town youth debate austerity

Daily Echo: From left: Cllr Paul Harvey, James Meadway, Phil Hedges, Daniel O'Loughlin, Tanya Freke, Nathan Drew, Imogen Wright and Zoni Asif Buy this photo From left: Cllr Paul Harvey, James Meadway, Phil Hedges, Daniel O'Loughlin, Tanya Freke, Nathan Drew, Imogen Wright and Zoni Asif

AROUND 50 youths attended a Basingstoke event that put the spotlight on austerity.

The event, organised by Basingstoke Youth Movement, attracted a range of guest speakers who ignited a debate about austerity in Basingstoke.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Councillor Paul Harvey, who represents the Norden area, spoke about how he believes the Government’s programme of austerity has hit the most vulnerable people.

The Labour councillor referred to disability benefits and bedroom tax and how these cuts have resulted in people facing eviction.

He added: “The Coalition has sought to divide our communities, demonising people as unworthy, and the result is that inequality is growing in our town.”

Daniel O’Loughlin, chair of the Basingstoke Youth Movement, said: “Our own Zoni Asif, Member of the Youth Parliament for Basingstoke, gave a very impressive and passionate speech on the day about young people in the town. It’s hard to believe she is only 16. She has done lots of work with our group.”

Other speakers at the event, held at the Ex-Services Club, in New Road, included Phil Hedges, Southampton branch officer for Unison, and James Meadway, a senior economist at the New Economics Foundation.

For more information about the youth movement visit basingstokeyouthmovement.event brite.com/.

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11:57am Fri 27 Sep 13

Buster Preciation says...

So two members of the labour party spoke to group on 'austerity'. It's a shame the speakers didn't represent all parts of the political spectrum. Or perhaps they did but the Gazette didn't want to mention others. It's also a shame that the report only details the labour party's view on the current government policies and not their own. This could be because again the Gazette didn't think it was relevant or maybe they haven't got any polices?
So two members of the labour party spoke to group on 'austerity'. It's a shame the speakers didn't represent all parts of the political spectrum. Or perhaps they did but the Gazette didn't want to mention others. It's also a shame that the report only details the labour party's view on the current government policies and not their own. This could be because again the Gazette didn't think it was relevant or maybe they haven't got any polices? Buster Preciation
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11:23pm Fri 27 Sep 13

BasingstokeLad says...

there was only one labour party speaker Cllr Paul H.
We did invite other spectrums speakers but they declined.

its a fact I am afraid that Austerity does impact on young people a lot! and we did not cause the issues, heck most of us two young to vote the feckers in!! yet we live with it in our town.

Also the debate was very much focused on Basingstoke if you read the above this would have been clear.

The group in question is very much independent from any party we have held events before where many different political views have been expressed and our group is made up of wide range of views.

But on this issue we found the group very much against the actions that have effected young people of this town.

Would like to say that the labour speaker did get heckled few times during meet it was not a labour love fest, but an honest and civil debate
there was only one labour party speaker Cllr Paul H. We did invite other spectrums speakers but they declined. its a fact I am afraid that Austerity does impact on young people a lot! and we did not cause the issues, heck most of us two young to vote the feckers in!! yet we live with it in our town. Also the debate was very much focused on Basingstoke if you read the above this would have been clear. The group in question is very much independent from any party we have held events before where many different political views have been expressed and our group is made up of wide range of views. But on this issue we found the group very much against the actions that have effected young people of this town. Would like to say that the labour speaker did get heckled few times during meet it was not a labour love fest, but an honest and civil debate BasingstokeLad
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