Rotherham MP Sarah Champion set up a summer school in the town to teach young people about the importance of politics.
Building on her work on the ‘Votes at 16’ campaign, which calls for young people to be allowed to vote at the age of 16, she took a group of youngsters into Rotherham town centre to help them gather signatures on petitions they set up.
She also held a question and answer session on the work of an MP.
She said: “Young people are too often ignored by politicians since they can’t and then often don’t vote. I find it really frustrating that the next generation is discounted in this way.
“Politics affects young people’s lives deeply. Their education, their quality of life, their opportunities for the future - all are shaped by the political process.
“We need to give young people the tools to voice their concerns about the issues and causes they believe in. We need more young people to understand and engage with the political process. I hope initiatives like my summer school will get young people involved and encourage them to connect with politicians.”
Ross Taylor, 18, who attended the summer school, said: “Politicians need to listen to young people.”