Friday afternoon brought with it a meeting of the MKC Heroes in the Council Chamber.
MKC Heroes is a large group of children and young people from across Plymouth who have parents serving in our Armed Forces or who are veterans. The young people who took part in the event on Friday are advocates and ambassadors for other club members in their schools.
The event on Friday afternoon provided them with an opportunity to quiz their three local MPs, the Lord Mayor and senior City Councillors.
Highlighting their understanding of what’s going on both in the city and across the country, the children and young people asked a range of tough questions such as why only 2% of GDP is spent on defence, how each of the MPs got into politics, what they enjoy most about their job, and what is the toughest challenge they they to face as MPs.
Speaking after the event, Johnny Mercer said:
‘I always enjoy the MKC Heroes events and the opportunities to meet so many of the city’s superb young heroes.
‘The work these young ambassadors do for other children and young people in their schools who have parents who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces is a vital source of support and representation. With so many children in Plymouth having parents who are in or have been in the Navy, the Marines, the RAF or the Army, the after school clubs and events MKC Heroes organise are a real lifeline for many of the children and young people they work with.
‘I am always impressed by the quality of the questions the MKC Heroes ask and enjoy being able to spend an hour with them every few months.’