AN MP is encouraging people to join her down the pub – in a bid to get more of them into politics.
Fareham MP Suella Fernandes is organising a series of ‘Politics in the Pub’ events and she said she wants to hear from anybody, even if they didn’t vote for her.
As reported in her latest Off The Fence column for The News, Her first event is targeted at young people, aged 18 to 35, and will see a pub quiz, which will cost £1 to enter, plus debates and a chance to mix with other young people who are interested in politics.
She said: ‘There are so many issues facing young people such as getting an education, buying their first house, saving their money, getting a job and doing what they want to do with their lives.
‘This event is to encourage young people to take part. Whether they voted for me or not, it does not matter. What does matter is getting them interested in politics.’
Miss Fernandes plans to hold further events in October, November and December, which she will open to all.
She said she hopes it will give people with a shared interest in politics a place to meet like-minded people and make friends.
She said: ‘Politics really is the way to get involved and help shape these issues.
‘I got involved when I was 17 and I have been involved ever since. I made lifelong friends and I learnt about society.
‘Here in Fareham we have some great opportunities and I would love to hear from people about the way they thing we should do things and to get them helping the community through taking part in social action projects or volunteering.’
Miss Fernandes, 35, was elected as a Conservative MP in Fareham at the last election.
The first event will be held on Friday, September 11 at the Queen’s Head, in High Street Titchfield. It will start at 7pm and is open to anybody aged 18 to 35.
Further Politics in the Pub events, which will be open to all and will be a platform for debate, take place on October 16, November 20 and December 11.
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to suellafernandes.co.uk/