Teenagers who have a burning desire to change their town attended a youth conference to find out more about local democracy.

Nearly 100 pupils from schools across Hertsmere attended the Annual Youth Conference on Tuesday to quiz councillors about issues affecting the area.

The 11 to 17-year-olds, from Dame Alice Owens School, in Potters Bar, took part in a political game named ‘I’m a democracy, get me out of here’.

They also had the chance to meet borough councillors and speak to them about their policies during a speed-dating style event, before voting on their favourite.

During the afternoon, participants learned more about local democracy and outlined how they would encourage other teenagers to vote. 

Councillor Morris Bright, leader of Hertsmere Council, said: "This was another highly successful conference and it is great to note that the numbers of attendees are steadily growing each year. 

“The conference aims to show how the democratic decision-making process works, the role the council plays and how young people can contribute to improving their local community. 

One student said: “The best bit of the youth conference was meeting the councillors because it was really interesting and insightful. It was an excellent opportunity."