The young people living in Ashfield fill me with hope for the future

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The other day I met excited staff and pupils from Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School when I checked out the brand new minibus they had recently taken delivery of.

The old minibus was almost 14 years old and repeatedly broke down, so everyone at the school desperately set about raising much needed funds for a new one.

The PTA managed to raise £6,300 and the school council another £2,500 by organising activities such as a fun run, spellathon, movie nights and school fayres.

But the original minibus broke down for the final time before the £21,500 had been raised and the school was forced to buy a replacement by dipping into cash reserved for school trips.

They still need to raise over £11,000 to replenish the funds and any help they can get would be greatly appreciated.

Three bright, community spirited kids paid me a visit at my office and asked me to deliver their letters and a wonderful hand drawn picture to the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

Mille and Kelsie Edwards and Grace Newby, all aged eight, penned the letters in a passionate defence of Ashfield’s green space and wildlife because they are so concerned about the possible development of houses next to Brierley Forest Park.

It’s a great nature reserve and folk come from all over to visit so it’s no wonder Millie, Kelsie and Grace are dead against any building up there.

I’ve already delivered objections to the council on behalf of local people involved with the Ashlands Road West and Brierley Park Residents’ Action Group and now on behalf of the kids I’m more than happy to tell Cameron and Clegg – hands off the fields by Brierley Forest Park!

Decision makers should certainly get the message loud and clear.

I’m constantly in awe of Ashfield’s youngsters.

They fill me with so much hope for future so I’m angry that this government is betraying the next generation of voters.

New figures just out show almost one million voters have disappeared off the electoral register in the last year because of botched reforms.

At the General Election on 7th May anyone over 18 years old can have a say and cast a vote.

The outcome will determine what kind of future young people have on jobs, education, homes and the environment.

That is why it is so important their voice is heard loud and clear over the next few months.

The 5th February is National Voter Registration Day so I’m urging anyone who is unsure to go www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

I don’t want you to be denied a voice.