Rt Hon Michael Howard, QC MP puts ‘Politiks’ on the agenda - 24 May, 2006
Student-run Production Company
brings novel twist to young people's politics
Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP, the former leader of the Conservative Party, is the
star of the first ‘Politik' event taking place on Tuesday June 6 in Parliament.
The event is organised by Catch21 Productions, the brainchild of students at Hull University.
Catch21 was set up to increase
young people's awareness of and participation in political issues. It provides
a public forum for representatives across the political spectrum to leave aside
the party political packaging and look at individual issues raised by young
Catch21 is teaming up with the
Hansard Society to invite 16-25-year-olds to take part in an hour long show on
Tuesday June 6, co-presented by members of the Catch21 project. The style of
the meeting will be smart-casual and informative in order to humanise politics
and make it more appealing to young people, featuring topics that are relevant
to them. The first half of the meeting will consist of an interview, with the
second half allowing the audience to pose questions to the show's guest Michael
Michael Howard MP commented: "The
joint Hansard Society/Catch21 event is a welcome innovation. It provides young
people with a vehicle to have their voices heard by parliamentarians and is a
memorable introduction to formal political processes. I look forward to
discussions with young people on the night."
Catch21 is currently organising
further events all over the UK, which will feature guests; George Galloway and
David Blunkett to name a few. Primarily funded by The Joseph Rowntree
Charitable Trust, who also funded The Power Inquiry, Catch21 sees itself as the
next logical step towards encouraging young people to vote. Its objectives are
to attract those that are not interested in politics by fusing their interests
with those who are.
For further information or to
attend the Michael Howard event on June 6 contact Alex Sergent at Catch21 on
07968 094349 or Virginia Gibbons at the Hansard Society on 020 7438 1225
Notes for editors
- The Catch21 team would welcome interviews
with both national and local press. They are contactable through Alex
Sergent, Catch21 Project Co-ordinator on 07968 094349 or alternatively
visit wwww.catch21.co.uk, where you
can also download the Catch21 Podcast to listen to our shows.
- The Hansard Society is an educational charity
that exists to promote parliamentary democracy. It develops and promotes
online and offline activities that bring young people and decision maker
together to engage in participatory democratic activity.
- The Hansard Society's Citizenship
Education Programme works with young people through schools and colleges
to educate and inform them about parliamentary democracy and develop
innovative ways to involve them in participatory democratic activities.