On Friday 11th November, Members of Youth Parliament debated a range of topical issues, including the need for a 'curriculum for life' and tackling racial and religious discrimination. In addition, they held a short debate to reflect on current political affairs and their ideas for a 'better, kinder democracy.' Over 250 Members of Youth Parliament from across the United Kingdom participated in the debate and have been elected by their peers to represent them. Members of Parliament have also been invited to meet their local Youth Parliamentarians on the day to discuss these key issues.
Former pupil Connor Hill is the representative for Dudley after being elected last year. Connor was selected by his peers in the UK Youth Parliament to draw the events to a close at the despatch box.
Connor said "The opportunity to debate issues that young people have voted on in such a hollow chamber is a once in a lifetime opportunity and every single MYP (Member of Youth Parliament) is honoured to be able to do so to represent their area.".
Connor's speech was shown live on BBC Parliament, BBC iPlayer and Parliament.TV and will form part of the highlights show on BBC Parliament, Christmas Eve at 10.05pm. For more programme details, see BBC Programmes. For details on the UK Youth Parliament, see their website.
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