Pupils representing schools in the Epping Forest district voted overwhelmingly for the UK to remain in the EU in a lively debate at the annual youth conference on Friday 9 October 2015.
This conference is of the opinion that the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union
- 75% said Yes
- 25% said No
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The youth conference was hosted by the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) with Youth Councillor Matthew Tinker chairing the debate and Youth Councillor Doncho Atanassov speaking for the UK to remain in the EU and Youth Councillor Tom Bromwich speaking for the UK to leave the EU.
The day started with speeches from vice-chairman Jeane Lea, Leisure Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane and Chief Executive Glen Chipp. Pupils spent the morning in workshops preparing them for the debate learning new skills in public speaking, debating and campaigning.
An excellent debate
Local MP Eleanor Laing spoke before the debate about the Magna Carta, the importance of democracy and the responsibilities of citizens.
Mrs Laing said: “It was an excellent debate. I was surprised that the result, 3 to 1 in favour of remaining in the EU, was so decisive. I had expected it to be closer.
“I am very pleased that our young people are so well informed about this extremely important subject which we will all be debating at length over the next few months!”
Stay in the EU
Vice-chairman Jeane Lea said: “This youth conference showcases what fantastic youngsters we have in our district! They were enthusiastic and hard working all day and their debating skills during the debate was as good as any adult MPs.”
“We always encourage our young people to share their views and ideas with us and today they told us that they want the UK to stay in the EU.”
Epping Forest Youth Council
The youth conference was hosted by the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) as part of Local Democracy Week 2015.