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Slough teen to debate knife crime at House of Commons

Suzy Senghor pictureSlough student, Susuana Senghor, 16, will be part of the National Youth Select Committee this year which sits at the House of Commons.

Suzy is a former Slough Youth Parliament representative who sits on the Safer Slough Partnership (SSP) board; she has been selected as one of only 11 young people in the UK to be on the select committee this year. (She is pictured right, photo ©UK Parliament/Mark Duffy).

Every year a Make Your Mark Ballot takes place to find the top issue for young people. More than 1.1million took part in the last ballot and knife crime was the biggest concern. The Youth Select Committee call for evidence closed on 7 June and the committee was to hold oral evidence sessions in the House of Commons in July.

Suzy encouraged as many young people, schools, businesses and organisations that support victims and offenders, to have their say before the call for evidence closed, to help the committee find solutions.

Giovanni Ferri, the council’s youth voice officer, said: “The Youth Select Committee plays a vital role in raising awareness about the issues affecting young people. As one of 11 members on this year’s committee, we are very proud Suzy is representing Slough on the national stage.”

Garry Tallett, the council’s community safety partnership manager, said: This is a fantastic opportunity for Suzy to represent Slough and the voice of young people on this select committee. Knife crime is an issue that has national significance and we are extremely proud of Suzy for being selected for this position.”

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