First News - - Your News - by Katie Hors­burgh

I HAD an amaz­ing time at the 2017 Labour Party Con­fer­ence. It was in­cred­i­ble to be able to dis­cuss the is­sues I care about with real MPs with real power.

We had a fan­tas­tic con­ver­sa­tion with the Deputy Leader, Tom Wat­son, about on­line safety for girls and young women, fol­low­ing the re­sults of our 2017 Girls’ At­ti­tudes Sur­vey, which showed that many girls don’t feel that their par­ents un­der­stand the on­line pres­sures they face.

We also asked Ed Miliband and Lisa Nandy what they would do to en­sure STEM was more ac­ces­si­ble to girls, as, de­spite the fact that 75% of girls were con­fi­dent in their dig­i­tal skills, just 37% of them would con­sider a ca­reer in tech­nol­ogy.

Many other politi­cians, char­i­ties and busi­nesses were very en­thu­si­as­tic about our Girls’ At­ti­tudes Sur­vey, which was re­ally ex­cit­ing as, hope­fully, girls’ voices will now be­gin mak­ing real change.

Def­i­nitely one of my favourite parts was walk­ing around the con­fer­ence meet­ing so many peo­ple who are driven to make the lives of or­di­nary girls bet­ter. We also got to meet peo­ple who vis­ited us in the Youth Zone, and who care about, and are pas­sion­ate about, young peo­ple’s voices.

I’m hugely grate­ful to Girlguiding for giv­ing me the chance to at­tend such an amaz­ing event, and hope I have the op­por­tu­nity to go again in the fu­ture.

In next week’s First News we have a re­port from the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence which was hap­pen­ing this week.

Deputy Leader Tom Wat­son MP and Girlguiding ad­vo­cates

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