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Politicians vie for youth respect
Voters in polling booth
The aim is to involve young people in local democracy
A competition called 'I'm a councillor, get me out of here' is under way in Oxfordshire in an effort to make local politics accessible to schoolchildren.

Six county councillors are answering questions online posed by pupils from around the county.

After two weeks of voting and 'evictions' one councillor will be declared the youth champion.

It is part of a series of events being held for Local Democracy Week, from 18 to 24 October.

If we don't act now to engage people in the democratic process we will pay the price further down the line
Keith Mitchell
Council leader
On Monday, the leaders of all three political parties will unveil a banner outside county hall, saying "You'd be amazed at what your County Council does for you".

They aim to encourage people to consider becoming a councillor, to take part in the democratic process and understand where their council tax goes.

The authority's leader, Cllr Keith Mitchell, said: "If we don't act now to engage people in the democratic process we will pay the price further down the line.

"Turnout in elections across the country is already low and there are comparatively few councillors in their 20s.

"I hope Local Democracy Week in Oxfordshire and elsewhere will begin to make a difference."


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