Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen is supporting a campaign to get more young people to register to vote.
Feburary 5 is the UK’s first National Voter Registration Day and Julie, who is standing to replace Sir Alan Beith as the MP for Berwick, is writing to local schools and colleges ahead of the day.
Julie said: “I’m really pleased to be backing this campaign and hope young people from Northumberland will register and play their part in our democratic process.”
She added: “I know there are many young people across Northumberland who have views on the big political questions of our day and are interested in political issues locally and nationally.
“National Voter Registration Day will help young people to know that their views matter and that expressing them at the ballot box means their voice is heard and taken notice of, whether that’s by their local councillor, their MP or the government in Westminster.
“From an early age, young people use democracy to elect representatives at school. I want young people to be heard beyond the school gates. Organisations like Bite the Ballot, run by young people for young people, can really help make sure young people have the voice they deserve.”
For more information, people are encouraged to contact Bite the Ballot, the campaign organisers, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Schools and colleges who are planning to take part can get up-to-date campaign materials by visiting www.nvrd.co.uk/takepart