You can learn so much from young people and I had the privilege of listening to members of Bath’s Youth Parliament when they took over the council chamber on Tuesday.

Six candidates put their manifestos forward in the UK Youth Parliament elections and I heard some extremely passionate and well-argued speeches.

The Youth Parliament gives the young people of the UK a powerful voice, which is heard and listened to locally and nationally by everyone who has an interest in the views and needs of young people.

Congratulations go to all of the candidates and especially to Hannah Powell who was elected to represent young people from our city. She will join more than 600 representatives (369 seats for elected MYPs; Members of Youth Parliament) and more than 230 deputy MYPs, all aged 11 to 18. 

I am sure Hannah will do an extremely good job at lobbying for young people and making their voice and concerns heard and who knows - she may well be leading this council in the future.

Bath’s Mayor Councillor Ian Gilchrist hosted a civic reception and I was among guests who welcomed His Excellency, the Ambassador Simon JH Smits, ambassador of The Netherlands, to the city.

As part of his time here the ambassador gave a talk on ‘world affairs through our eyes’. His visit had been arranged by Dr David Haywood, Convenor for World Affairs at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

My week, alongside meetings with the West of England Combined Authority and council business, ended on an especially nice note when I was asked to officially open East Harptree CEVC Primary School’s new playground.

I am a governor at the school which has fantastic pupils, great staff and supportive parents. I want to give special thanks to East Harptree Primary School Council for inviting me. Being part of the official opening, I was again reminded of how important it is for all of us to make the right decisions for the sake of our future generations but also, having met and listened to our Youth Parliament candidates, it is good to know the future looks to be safe in their hands.