With a General Election looming, politics is at the forefront of the national news, but it has an extra significance for one Smestow student.

Grace Hodgkiss, in Year 11, is a member of the Young Labour group and is doing her bit to get fellow pupils interested in politics.

Grace is part of the South West Wolverhampton constituency group and says politics has always been in her blood, with her grandad being a Labour member for 50 years and her mother being a local councillor.

She says: “Not that many young people are interested in politics so we do what we can to spread the word.

“I talk to my friends about it, and when something big happens like the General Election it does get people more interested.

“It’s not about trying to get people to vote in a particular way, I just like the idea of encouraging people to at least have an opinion so when they are old enough to vote they understand what they are voting for.”

Grace says one of her main areas of interest is the future of the NHS and the availability of doctors in the local area.

And does she see politics as a future career option?

“Not really,” she says. “I am hoping to go to university to study astrophysics after my A-Levels but politics will always be something I have a close interest in.”