On 24th February 2015, I had the honour of hosting a rather lively bunch of young labour activists during a visit to European Parliament that my office had organised. They hailed from across Greater Manchester and were quite a diverse group numbering 22 altogether.
They hailed from across Greater Manchester and were quite a diverse group numbering 22 altogether.
They were struck by the sheer size and scale of the place and took liberties to explore.
Activity included a very good information session during which they had a surprise visit by Angela Eagle, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Chair of the Labour Party. She answered some tough questions from the group including one on how the European Parliament benefits young people.
The group also took part in a voxbox session during which they told of their individual experiences in European Parliament. You can listen to their views in the video below:
After a long day in Parliament, the group left feeling inspired by the EU project particularly by its goals to achieve peace and stability across Europe as well as to incorporate Europeans of all backgrounds together as one united body in the world.
They also found the EP has more to offer young people than they thought. In particular, the EU offers a European Youth Guarantee Fund to ensure under-25s secure good solid jobs after education.