Friday, October 17, 2008



'After a hard fought 2 week contest Councillor Lynne Faulkner was elected the 2008 Bedford Youth Champion today, beating Cllr Apu Bagchi and 4 other Borough Councillors'

Over 300 students from 9 Bedford Borough schools registered on line to take part in the "I'm A Councillor Get Me Out of Here" Event. During the two weeks students asked 557 questions of the 6 Councillors. Lynne answered 105 questions and chatted online to students from 3 Upper Schools and visited John Bunyan Upper School. Every day this week one Councillor was voted off and this afternoon Lynne was elected the 2008 Youth Champion for Bedford - the 3rd Conservative Councillor to win the Event.

"I am thrilled to have won this contest and worked very hard to interact daily with young people across Bedford Borough, answering their questions honestly and openly"

This event was part of Local Democracy Week, with various events run by all the Councils in Bedfordshire. As a County Councillor I also took part in Take Your Councillor to School, Political Speed Dating and Project X - meeting members of the Bedfordshire Youth Cabinet to discuss their Transport Project.

The aim was to engage young people in local democracy, letting them to express their views to local councillors and it was an exciting event and a great learning experience for us all.


Cllr Andrew McConnell said...

Well done Lynne, a fantastic result - just goes to prove we can beat those so called Independant Councillors!

A great result!

Cllr Lynne Faulkner said...

Hi Andrew

Thanks for your kind remarks and support as a former Bedford Youth Champion.

We Conservatives have now been Bedford Youth Champions 3 times.

Cllr Peter Hand said...

Lynne, as a former winner of Bedford Borough's 'I'm a Councillor Get Me Out Of Here' myself, many congratulations on your win and for actively engaging with the young people of the Borough. A much deserved win!

Cllr Lynne Faulkner said...

Hi Peter

Thanks for your kind words. I was pleased to maintain our unbroken record of Conservative victory in this event and honoured to be chosen as the Bedford Youth Champion