Here’s a list of some of the most notable people who have read my blog:
I was delighted that Ed’s PA passed on the blog for him to have a look at. Ed and his policies for young people were two of the reasons why I became interested in politics and decided to join The Labour Party.
Honoured to have received a letter from the First Minister of Scotland who said “I was very pleased to read that you are passionate about politics and have set up a blog.The Blog certainly covered a lot of interesting topics and I hope your interest and enthusiasm for politics continues to grow.” She also said “I wish you every success for the future” which was very flattering.
Hilary Benn (who is the son of one of my political heroes, Tony Benn) is the current Shadow Foreign Secretary. Mr Benn took the time to read some of my blog and said “Congratulations on your blog website, which I enjoyed looking at. Keep up the good work!”
Office of Tony Blair:
I got in touch with Mr Blair and received this personal comment from his PA: “Mr Blair has asked me to thank you for getting in touch and says that the Party needs people such as yourself to engage with young people to get them interested in politics. As you point out, there is a low turnout amongst young people at elections and getting them involved and recognising that politics affects each and every part of their lives is surely a good thing. He believes you are right to present the issues in such an engaging way and wishes you every success with your social media endeavours.”
Mhairi Black became the youngest MP, aged just 20, at the last election. I got in touch with her and she replied saying “I agree with you wholeheartedly that keeping young people interested in politics is of prime importance.” Ms Black also asked for the link for the blog so she could give it a read.
I received an email from the office of the Secretary of State for Education who said “She agrees that engaging youth in politics and democracy is essential, and is sure that your impressive line-up of high profile politicians will aid that mutual cause! The Secretary of State sends her regards, and wishes you a hugely successful blog.”
Chris Leslie was the Shadow Chancellor briefly in 2015 whilst Harriet Harman was leading The Labour Party. Mr Leslie said: “Your blog is certainly impressive, and if the numbers who voted in your poll on intervention against ISIL in Syria is anything to go by, you have a wide readership! It is an impressive blog and it is great to see young people motivating each other to get involved in politics. This is desperately needed – in 2015 the turnout amongst 18-24s was 43%, by far the lowest by age group. Keep up the good work!”
Steve Rotheram is the Parliamentary Private Secretary for Jeremy Corbyn. I got in touch with him and he said: “Congratulations on your great work and in getting so many high profile interviews. The polls make very interesting reading! Good luck in your politics, it’s a particularly interesting period in which to be engaged.”