YOUNGSTERS have proved that they are national leaders when it comes to taking politics seriously.

Slough achieved its highest voter turnout in the country’s Make Your Mark ballot, which asks young people aged 11 to 18 to choose the top five issues that matter to them.

The turnout was 80 per cent in Slough, with 9,368 young people taking part.

Make Your Mark is the largest annual youth consultation and the issues most important to those in Slough are: work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds; making public transport cheaper; a school curriculum to prepare us for life; protecting school budgets from damaging cuts and getting the vote at 16. Sixteen secondary schools took part.

Slough Youth Parliament will now bring the results to the attention of decision makers, including councillors and MP Tan Dhesi. The overall results will be debated at the UK Youth Parliament on November 10.

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