IT has been a case of me and my shadow for representatives of Wrexham Council.
As part of celebrations for International Women’s Day this week the local authority arranged for two members of the Wrexham Youth Parliament to shadow chief executive Dr Helen Paterson and executive board member Cllr Carole O’Toole for the day.
The youth parliament is made up of 70 representatives aged 11 to 25 who are elected to represent a group or project. They are involved with county-wide issues that affect young people in Wrexham.
Ysgol Bryn Alyn pupil Hannah Prydderch, 16, shadowed Cllr O’Toole, while Annie Jones, 15, of Ysgol Rhiwabon, joined Dr Paterson.
Cllr O’Toole, of Maesydre ward, highlighted the importance of encouraging more women to come forward and play a role in politics.
She said: “Although the political world in Britain still seems to be largely made up of white males, this position is changing, although all too slowly.
“If you have vision, tenacity, a desire to work with people, like problem solving and leading a varied and demanding lifestyle then a career in politics could be for you. After all, you could be the next female British prime minister or the first female First Minister of the Welsh Assembly. In politics it helps to aim high.”