Rick Edwards: ‘We should all be part of political conversation’

Tuesday 21-04-2015 - 19:09

The presenter of BBC TV programme ‘Free Speech’ delivers keynote speech on Day one of National Conference.

Delegates in attendance at National Conference were joined by broadcaster and writer Rick Edwards earlier today.

Delivering his keynote speech during the opening session of day one of Conference, Edwards described of his efforts to encourage students to vote in recent months, saying: ‘I’m urging everyone to actually vote on 7 May and I suspect I’m preaching to the converted here, but as representatives of student unions across the country, you find yourselves in an amazing position to spread that message.’

Edwards, author of None of the Above: Your Vote Is Your Voice, Don't Stay Silent’, went on to address his role as an unlikely campaigner on issue of low voter turnout amongst the youth, adding: ‘there are people who probably wouldn’t read a book about politics by a serious, heavyweight political commentator or journalist but might read a book about politics by the guy off of E4. And therefore it will reach a different audience.’

Edwards mentioned that although he ‘wasn’t politically engaged when at university’ he was unfairly excluded from political discussions when in fact, ‘we should all be part of that conversation.’

We caught up with Rick Edwards shortly after his speech and you can watch the full interview below.

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