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Northbrook Freshers Fayre 2016

Some of our members joined the Freshers Fayre at Northbrook College.  Our candidate for the Worthing West Division in next May's West Sussex County Council elections Martin McCabe writes.

Freshers Fayre

Along with some of my fellow Labour colleagues from Worthing, I joined local organisations and students at the annual Northbrook College Freshers Fayre on the 21st September for a day of entertainment, local information and a wide variety of stalls.

It was a great pleasure to help welcome new students to the college and speak with young people about a range of topics. The fayre is a great opportunity to bring young people and the community together, and is testament to the dedication of the college and volunteers who put a great deal of hard work into pulling off the event each year.

Speaking to students, one topic came up time and again: Brexit.

Freshers Fayre

Many young people expressed their concern and disappointment at the referendum result. Each had their own reasons for disappointment, whether they were economic, environmental, the potential for skilled work when leaving education, or just the belief in having an internationalist outlook. While everyone who spoke to us accepted that the Remain campaign lost the referendum, there was a real sense of hope and determination that those values and priorities continue for the UK in our future outside the EU.

Other students expressed their frustration at not being able to vote in the EU Referendum due to being under the age of 18. There was outright agreement from students that the voting age for all elections should be lowered to the age of 16.

The depth of thought, engagement and passion from students was impressive and a testament to the college and young people from the local area. If anything, this reinforced what a shame it is that such a large section of young people are denied a vote.

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