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The Big Question: Election 2015: How was it for you?

A discussion about how young people’s creativity, conviction and commitment to change can improve the way politics and society work in the UK is set to take place in Coventry tomorrow. The next in the ‘Big Question’ seminar series looks back at the 2015 Election and asks: “how was it for you?”.

Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), in association with youth democracy movement Bite the Ballot and the One Young World forum for young leaders, is hosting the debate at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry from 4.30pm on Wednesday 10 June. The debate is open to the public and is free to attend.

The forthcoming debate will take a look at young people and their engagement with politics. How do they feel about the election result? Just how disillusioned are young people with politics? The Big Question series looks to answer these questions and many more in what is sure to be a lively and encouraging debate.

The event will be chaired by the inimitable Kenny Imafidon, political commentator, special advisor on youth policy and author of the ‘Kenny Reports’ which aim to raise awareness and articulate the challenges young people and disadvantages communities’ face. Kenny is currently working on a report for the Europe Commission in partnership with representatives from the governments of Poland, Lithuania, Germany and Israel, on how to engage more young people in social action and political participation across Europe.

Panel members on the day include Curtis Blanc, an ex-prisoner turned entrepreneur; human rights activist Rose Neelam; Sawsan Bastawy, a community organiser for youth democracy; and Nathan Coyle, leader of a young persons’ civic engagement organisation.

Election 2015: How was it for you?’ takes place at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry from 4.30pm on Wednesday 10 June. The event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance. The event will be followed by a drinks reception where there will be an opportunity to speak informally with the panellists and others attending the event.

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