Political speed dating is a fast-paced and exciting way for young people to engage with their councillors. Councillors from all over the district to answer 'quick fire' questions put to them by students. Students vote for the councillor they would elect based on how well they answered the questions.
What political speed dating achieves
- young people love it as they get the opportunity to discuss important issues with their local councillors
- councillors love it as it’s a fun and quick way for them to meet young people and understand their most important issues.
- it is interactive, exciting and actively engages young people with political, social and moral issues
To get the most out of the session, students should think of some challenging and thoughtful questions and use this opportunity to raise important issues with their local councillors. To give you some ideas, here are some questions asked in the past:
- Why did you decide to become a councillor?
- What has been your biggest achievement as a councillor?
- If we were able to vote, why should we vote for you?
- As a councillor do you listen to the views of young people?
- Do you think the voting age should be lower than 18?
- What can you do as a councillor that would help young people?
- What do you think are the main issues of concern to young people today?
- Do you think that young people should be involved and consulted on the development of policies?
- What can you do as a councillor to improve public transport and increase community safety?
- What does the council do to provide better facilities for young people?
- What does the council do to protect the environment?
Structure of the day
Students will be given an introduction to the day by a democratic services officer where the rules of the event will be explained. Students will be divided into groups at each table, with one councillor, where they will have three minutes to ask quick fire questions to the councillor. If they would like, students can use the score cards provided to make notes. Once the buzzer sounds, councillors will move onto the next table. When all the councillors have visited each table, students will then cast their votes on which councillor they would elect based on how well they answered the questions. Votes will be collected and counted. The councillor with the most votes will be announced.
We will provide:
- district councillors to attend the event
- democratic services officers to help support the event
- voting slips
- suggested questions
- score cards
- ballot box