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Democracy celebrated at University of Chichester

Gillian Keegan at Equaliteas

Have we achieved equality? Should the age at which we can vote be lowered? Could elections be run better?

These are some of the questions which were addressed at the recent ‘EqualiTeas’ event, hosted by the University of Chichester, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928, which gave the vote to men and women over the age of 21.

Led by Gillian Keegan MP, and from the University's Head of Humanities Professor Hugo Frey and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion Dr Tommy Lynch, around 50 guests including school pupils, local community groups, students and staff discussed and debated the issues around modern day democracy. Ms Keegan spoke about the importance of democracy and what led her to become an MP.

Guests sat in groups at tables and were assigned three cards with questions related to democracy and the electoral process per group. There was then time to discuss and debate the questions, followed by a session where everyone shared their thoughts with insight and input from Ms Keegan, Professor Frey, and Dr Lynch.

The Chichester EqualiTeas event was one in a series taking place across the country, organised by the Education and Engagement Service at the Houses of Parliament.

Professor Hugo Frey said: “We had a good demographic spread among our guests so the debates were lively and varied and gave a good overview of opinions across the age range. We are grateful to Gillian for making us aware of the EqualiTeas initiative and for coming to support us so effectively on the day.”

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Gillian Keegan speaks at University