Having your say in Greater Manchester politics

Having your say in Greater Manchester politics

He may only be 16, but Stockport College’s first-year student Taylor Greenwood has been elected to represent the borough’s youth on Greater Manchester’s council for young people.

Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority is a political voice for young people from the region’s 2.6 million people – and Stockport College’s GCSE student can’t wait to debate big issues with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

Taylor, from Leanington Road in Reddish, said: “I will be lobbying for more funding for education. A group of us from my old school, Reddish Vale, have already written to the Prime Minister about this. I can’t wait to be part of that change and get my voice out there on behalf of young people.”

Taylor received a unanimous vote of approval to be put forward for this new political role from members of Stockport Youth Partnership, Stockport Council’s group for young people. He gained membership of this youth council following support from Stockport College’s UK Parliamentary Ambassador.

Taylor added: “Being part of the political groups has given me more and more confidence. I’m now able to speak to larger audiences. What first terrified me now makes me want to do more. It’s improved my communication skills and will help me on my way to my ambition, to become a primary school teacher.”

After completing his GCSEs at Stockport College, Taylor plans to study Level 3 Child Care and take his qualifications higher with our degree-level provision and courses resulting in qualified teacher status.

 “Stockport College is great at getting young adults involved in politics. I would have never known how to do it myself until I came here. It’s fantastic that students have the support of a UK Parliamentary Ambassador on campus here.

Taylor needs to call on the support of all Trafford College Group students for support for his next venture – to represent the country as a Youth Member of Parliament at the next.

“College is opening more doors than I ever expected.”

Our UK Parliamentary Ambassador has organised guest appearances at Stockport and Trafford Colleges from several leading politicians in 2018/9, such as that of Shadow Secretary of State for Education (and former Stockport College student) Angela Rayner; the Conservative Party politician responsible for the Brexit ‘backstop’ amendment, Graham Brady, and a visit from former taxi driver come peer, Lord David Goddard of Stockport.