The event, which is being held at the University of Wolverhampton on Friday (7th February 2013), is an opportunity for teachers to hear from MEPs about their roles as Members of the European Parliament, and how they attempt to represent their constituents.
The overall aim is to arm teachers with more information about the role of MEPs and the European Union so they can discuss the subject with the pupils they teach.
Just 15% of 18-24 year olds voted in the last European Elections, held in June 2009.
The West Midlands region is currently represented by seven MEPs, and the six other representatives for the area were invited to speak on the day.
Nikki Sinclaire is the ONLY MEP to accept the invitation.
Nikki Sinclaire said,
“This event represented a unique opportunity to meet with local teachers and to help them expand on their knowledge of the EU and the role of an MEP, in the hope that they can pass on this information to their students.
We have a real problem in getting young people to engage with politics, and these events are of increasing importance to tackle this problem.
There are seven representatives from the region, yet only I am the only MEP who has found time in the schedule to meet with this group”.
“Meeting my constituents is my top priority, especially in areas where we are seeking to raise awareness of what MEPs are supposed to do. When things like this happen, it only reinforces the stereotype that MEPs do nothing.
I do lots of college and school visits, and I’m often told that they struggle to get Politicians in to speak to students and staff. Politicians should be working for the people, and this is a vital part of our job”.
Nikki Sinclaire MEP is available for further comment and interview
Please contact Nikki Sinclaire MEP directly on 07941 461 255 or contact Nicole Carroll at the Office of Nikki Sinclaire MEP on 0121 359 5933/ 07974 233 902