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In 2017, at 23, Chlöe Swarbrick was the youngest politician to enter Parliament since Marilyn Waring (who was also 23 when she became an MP in 1975).
This courageous woman is aware that young people do not have a monopoly on political disillusionment. In her maiden speech, however, she wryly pointed out “it’s hard to engage in a system that doesn’t look or sound like you, that talks down to you, that disparages your participation and that you don’t feel you can change.”
As a young woman in Parliament Swarbrick is a beacon for youth, working to create a new normal that does reflect them and which is adaptable to change.
Watch this excerpt from Chlöe Swarbrick’s Maiden Speech to Parliament.
Find out more about Chlöe on the Green Party's website.
Image: Screengrab from Chlöe Swarbrick’s Maiden Speech to Parliament, courtesy of Parliament TV.
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Production: Parliamentary TV