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Nicola

Nicola

Name: Nicola Pringle
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Oxton, Scottish Borders
Campaign: Encouraging young people to become more engaged in politics

As a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, I have an in-depth interest in politics and am keen to hold our decision-makers to account.

 

But I’m concerned that there aren’t enough young people who feel the same, and believe there is a widespread apathy among teenagers when it comes to politics.

 

Next year, when the Scottish Independence Referendum is held, 16 and 17-year-olds will be given a unique chance to vote. I believe that if young people are encouraged to take up that opportunity, they will be more likely to continue to get involved in the democratic process throughout their lives.

 

Along with my fellow Fixers Scott Redmond and Finlay Duff, I want to show that politics is accessible to young people, encouraging more of them to make their votes count.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Scott Redmond
Finlay Duff

Cameron Hutchen

Yes Scotland
Blair Jenkins, who leads campaign group Yes Scotland, supports our Fixers project. He was interviewed for our broadcast piece for ITV news.

 

Better Together

Blair McDougall, who leads campaign group Better Together, supports our Fixers project. He was also interviewed to appear in our film for ITV news.

 

Scottish Borders Council
Members of Scottish Borders Council are backing our Fixers project. Councillor Stuart Marshall features in our TV piece.

April 2014

Comments left about our project have been really encouraging. You can read some of these comments below:

 

Cameron

'I saw the political Fix on ITV and I think that it's the best way to reach young people about politics - through other young people. It's refreshing to see them taking an interest in politics and trying to encourage others as well is great.'

 

Louise

'It's great to see, not just young people doing something about politics, but actually being passionate about it and really caring enough to try and get other young people interested as well.'

 

Caitlin

'I thought the young people spoke really well on the news piece and it will be a good way to reach a lot of people.'

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