Election 2017: Supporting Children With Mental Health Problems

7 June 2017, 07:17

Brandon Rayat Leicester bullying suicide

Capital's been speaking to parliamentary candidates for the Leicester East seat, asking them how they will help to improve young people's mental health if they win the general election.

In August 2016, 15-year-old Brandon Rayat, from Evington, took his own life after being bullied at school. His parents described the bullying as "systematic, appalling and torturous''.

A Westminster Hall meeting heard he was the subject of verbal, physical and online sexual abuse after the case was taken to Parliament. 

Capital's been speaking to the candidates that are hoping to win the Leicester East seat, where Brandon lived. 

They are: 

LABOUR - Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz did not return our request for an interview on this. However, he was involved in taking Brandon's case to parliament to call for the Education Minister to do more to stop bullying and improve support for mental health issues among young people. 

CONSERVATIVES - Edward Ye Hi

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT - Nitesh Dave 

INDEPENDENT - Sujata Barot 

INDEPENDENT - Ian Fox

GREENS - Melanie Walkley