HUCKNALL’S Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, has signed up to mentor students who could become political “leaders of the future”.
Mr Spencer, MP for the Sherwood Parliamentary constituency, which includes Hucknall, is supporting the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) and its ParliaMentor programme.
He is working with three students of varying religious backgrounds who are stuyding politics at Nottingham University.
They will meet three or four times a year when Mr Spencer will offer advice and support about their career development and their course.
He said: “I am delighted to be able to work with these bright young people. They are potentially the leaders of the future.
“They ask me some very difficult questions and keep me on my toes. We have some interesting discussions about politics, religion, study and life in general.
“It is important we do all we can to engage young people into the political process. Part of my role is to help the students who visit me with their project to develop a political comment, opinion and views magazine, written by and for a young adult/teenage audience.”
Operating nationwide, 3FF works with people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs. It runs programmes that give members opportunities to learn, engage and build new relationships.
It believes that in our diverse society, good relations between communities are essential because without understanding, myths and prejudices can flourish, often leading to racism and intolerance.
One of the key aims is to develop an understanding and tolerance of others, regardless of religion.