Mayor attends ‘politics with a punchline’ event in Yeovil

25 November 2014

Young people from Yeovil enjoyed an evening of politics with a punchline last night.

Knightstone Housing organised the event, titled ‘#DoDemocracy’, to encourage young voters to participate in next year’s general election.

Yeovil mayor Mike Lock attended, which also saw comedy stars from the region putting on special performances.

The event was exclusive to residents from Yeovil Foyer – a supported housing service for young people aged between 16 and 24.

Knightstone hosted the evening to support Parliament Week, a week-long programme of events taking place across the country to engage the public with democracy.

The mayor praised the evening. He said: “An event like this which mixes politics and comedy is a great way to engage people with democracy.

“It’s critical that young people from the region use their vote, as they are the future. Knightstone has done a great job of highlighting why it’s so important to make your voice heard.”

An official partner for Parliament Week, this is the second year that Knightstone has hosted an event to support the campaign.

Sonia Furzland, Assistant Director of Supported Housing at Knightstone, said: “We’re delighted to support Parliament Week.

“We wanted to create an experience that would help engage our young residents with democracy – and we felt that introducing comedy into a political conversation would help to achieve that.

“The event also allowed people to see the real passion and commitment of their local mayor, and to engage with him on the issues that matter to our young residents.  

“We hope #DoDemocracy inspires young people from Yeovil to take a greater interest in politics at a local and national level – including exercising their vote come May next year.” 

Parliament Week runs from 14-20 November, and sees partners including charities, youth groups, schools and museums hosting free activities across the UK. 

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