Since the coronavirus pandemic started, the Prime Minister and his ministers have had daily press briefings. While these have addressed issues such as protective equipment for NHS staff, and economic support for businesses – as just two examples – so far no briefings have spoken directly to children and young people, or taken their questions. As the press briefings are now going to stop being daily, it may be even less likely that a youth press briefing will be held.
Other countries are leading the way on this. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, has held more than one event taking questions from young people. New Zealand and Norway have done the same. Just this week, the Welsh Education Minister received questions from the children of Wales.
Nearly two months ago, 90 leaders and 150 youth representatives wrote to the Prime Minister to ask for a youth press conference, but he has not yet committed to holding one. That’s why we are asking young people across the country to write to your MP. Your MP can put their voice behind the call by asking the Prime Minister to take questions from young people.
It’s time our Prime Minister listened to young people’s voices, answered the questions they have about the future of our country, and recognised their potential in taking action to support the Covid-19 recovery.
We are going to be renewing our calls for a youth press conference.
How can you take part? Starting Thursday 2nd July