Meet the teenage king of Brexit

By Ellie Fox

Two-thirds of 18-24 year olds failed to exercise their right to vote in the EU referendum last year – and it has been argued that there wasn’t enough unbiased material at their fingertips. Their news feeds were congested with for and against Brexit propaganda which overwhelmed them.

But some young people were central to the argument – among them David Cooper, 19-year-old Brexiteer and owner of the Facebook page: EU I voted leave, www.facebook.com/EUleavevote. Continue reading

Learner drivers face tough new test

By Ellie Fox

This December marks a changing point in the practical test for learner drivers, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced.

The organisation is imposing these changes to help improve road safety. Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19. The most fatal of these accidents happen on high-speed roads – the new driving test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving tests, therefore giving learners more experience to subsequently reduce the number of collisions. Continue reading

University chief warns of Brexit impact

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WARNING: Heather Laurie, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Essex

By Will Mailes

Referendum logo smallA senior University of Essex academic has warned that leaving the EU could reduce the diversity of the students that study there.

Heather Laurie, who will take over as pro-vice-chancellor for research in September, said “a lot is at stake” for higher education in the 23 June referendum.

Laurie said: “The University of Essex is a very international university, and we have about 15 per cent of our students come from EU countries.

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St Neots skatepark pioneer dies

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Skaters in St Neots are mourning the loss of Steve Bayless, one of the original “Pirates” who tragically died of a heart attack last week at the age of 42.

Steve Bayless, who has been with the St Neots skating community from the beginning sadly passed away after having a heart attack, he had two daughters and a wife. The UK skate community were sad to hear of this tragedy.

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