Hannah’s political career starts at the age of seven

By on 02/03/2010 in News, Video News

Seven-year-old Hannah Gordon may not be eligible to vote until 2021 but she is already learning how to play her part in local politics.

Cllr-M-Mullaney-&-Hannah-GoUpset at the loss of play equipment at Kings Heath Park, the Birmingham youngster did not moan or sulk, she decided to do something about it.

Hannah wrote to her local councillor - Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney - asking for her favourite piece of equipment (a helicopter) to be replaced.

Cllr Mullaney had already approved plans for new play equipment and invited Hannah to officially open the new-look play area.

He said: “For Hannah to get involved with local politics at her age is impressive. She saw something she wanted to speak out about and did just that.

“I would encourage any Birmingham resident of any age to do just that. So get in touch and we will respond. I won't promise miracles but we will respond and investigate your issue.

“In this case, we are keen to upgrade our playgrounds and the work at Kings Heath Park had already been scheduled. I was delighted to invite Hannah along to officially open the new facilities.”

Hannah was delighted with the response and added: “I go to the park with my mum and dad all the time and really missed the helicopter, so I decided to write to Cllr Mullaney about it.

“I was surprised when he wrote back and I really like the new play equipment. I took Cllr Mullaney's letter in to show and tell at school and my teacher was really pleased.”

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Notes to editors

Images and Hannah's original letter are available to download from flickr via the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157623539465066/

For more information call Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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