In minority but making a difference

Jack BreretonYoung people are often seen as disengaged in politics. However Jack Brereton is different. Rochelle Owusu-Antwi speaks to one of the only two Conservative councillors on the city council, and he is the youngest at just 20 years old

Stoke-on-Trent’s youngest ever councillor Jack Brereton is encouraging more young people across the city to get involved in politics.

The 20-year-old politician believes the council should be a diverse mix of younger and older generations working together to form a more representative and democratic body. Some of the 44 councillors Jack works alongside are three times his age. Continue reading

Prayers answered with a compromise

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has come to a compromise with councilors who wish to pray at council meetings.

A motion passed at the last council meeting saw the entitlement to pray inside the meeting removed with councillors now being ordered to pray 15 minutes before proceedings.

It was decided that this proposal will be effective from the start of the municipal year this May to the next 12 months.

Supporters argued that it would: ‚Äúprovide clear separation of prayers from the formal business of the meeting.” Continue reading