I always like to receive suggestions on who I should interview, and one of them was the Conservative MP, John Redwood. Mr Redwood has been the MP of Workingham since 1987. He has also been the Secretary of State for Wales under John Major’s government between 1993 and 1995. I was also intrigued to hear from Mr Redwood what the current Conservative government have to offer young people.
- How important is it that young people take an interest in politics?
“For a democracy to work well people need to take an interest in the debates and decisions that affect our society and participate as they see fit. We live in a free country so no-one has to be interested in politics and no-one is made to vote, but it works better if most people are engaged and involving themselves to some extent. People under 18 who do not currently have the vote can nonetheless follow the national conversation and join in the discussions if they wish, as opportunity presents.”
- What can the government offer young people in the next five years?
“The main things the government offers young people are a good education and decent prospects of a job after school, College or university. The present government aims to improve poor performing state schools. The Coalition government presided over a large expansion in the number of jobs on offer, which has continued in the first weeks of the current Conservative government.”
- What are you most proud of in your time in politics?
“Helping to stop the UK taking military action in Syria.”