Bridging The Gap: Politics & Young People Networking Event

Bridging The Gap: Politics & Young People Networking Event

April 25, 2018

On Tuesday 24th April, Latymer students, parents, alumni, former parents and sixth form students from West London schools gathered for a political networking event. 

It took place in the iconic City Hall, which boasts some of the best views of the London skyline. 

The event was introduced by David Goodhew,  Latymer Upper School's Head, and short speeches followed by: 

  • Rebecca Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, and Latymer parent
  •  Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith and Latymer alumnus
  • Stefanie Lehmann, Account Manager at PLMR & Labour Party activist
  • Neil Carmichael, former Conservative MP and Chair of the Education Select Committee, now Advisor at PLMR
  • Misha Glenny, journalist and author of McMafia and  former Latymer parent

Each speaker talked about their entry into a political career, what drove them to go down this path, and gave advice to the young people in the room who were considering a political career.

Over 130 people attended the event, dispelling the commonly held view that young people are not interested in politics. 

The event is a key part of not only our own careers and alumni relations programme, but also our outreach work. Students attended from Hammersmith Academy, West London Free School and Kensington Aldridge Academy.

Many connections were made between attendees, who swapped details and promised to keep in touch.