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Sturgeon to be quizzed by youngsters

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Young people get a chance to pitch questions to Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s most powerful politician is to be quizzed by young people during a version of first minister’s question time.

The special First Minister’s Question Time for children and young people returns to screens this April. The show will broadcast from Edinburgh with youngsters again having the chance to ask questions of Nicola Sturgeon on issues they care about.

With 100 young people in attendance, the programme will be recorded on 23 April and streamed to audiences across Scotland.

National charities Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland are leading the project, and are delighted that STV is returning as media partner.

Ahead of the second event, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018 was a great opportunity to strengthen young people’s voices and give them a platform to be involved in decisions that will affect them.

“This commitment continues through events such as FMQT, ensuring the rights of children and young people remain at the heart of Scottish life – and ensuring they have the chance to shape the future of the Scotland they want to live in.”

Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland said they want to ensure that the project gives children and young people a genuine opportunity to share their views and experiences on a public platform.

Jackie Brock, chief executive of Children in Scotland, said: “We’re very much looking forward to seeing how they use this exciting next opportunity with the First Minister to talk about what’s important in their lives, articulate their priorities, and speak truth to power.”