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Speed dating to make politics fun
Speed dating
Speed daters will have to score each councillor
Speed dating is the latest weapon being used by councillors to get younger people interested in local politics.

Seventeen councillors have signed up to see if they can win over "dates" in just three minutes at an event held by Bournemouth Borough Council.

Each date will be able to question the councillors on whatever issue is important to them. Each councillor will be then be given a score.

Monday's event is being laid on as part of Local Democracy Week.

It is part of an ongoing campaign to get more under 35-year-olds interested in local government.

A council spokeswoman said: "We are using Local Democracy Week as way of engaging young people in the political process by bringing them and us together in a fun and unique political speed dating style so that they are given the opportunity to tell us what really matters to them."

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