A WOMAN from Dearham, Maryport is taking part in a TV debate on plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria on Monday.

Emmy Richardson, who will appear alongside Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, the chief executive of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, and a Lancaster University Professor, was approached by ITV Border’s Lookaround to represent young people in Cumbria after they heard her speaking in an on-line ‘Your Voice’ debate organised by Cumbria Future Leaders.

Emmy will also be appearing alongside the MP, Dianne Richardson, Chief Executive of BECBC and Mike Berners-Lee, Professor at Lancaster University.

Emmy attended Cockermouth Secondary School and studied at City University of London. She is now a Compliance Analyst at LBMA, The Independent Precious Metals Authority, but works from Cumbria. She is also vice-chair of the CFL Your Future. Here steering group

Emmy said: “It was so interesting. Although I was very nervous and I can’t remember what I said, I’m so glad I did it and felt prepared having attended the Your Voice online debate earlier this year.

"I feel privileged that I got to be part of an important conversation alongside an MP, professor, and a Chief Exec.”