Youth Parliament rep in Commons

By Beth Sharp Thursday 05 December 2013 Updated: 06/12 00:34

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BROMSGROVE’S representative in the UK Youth Parliament, Tom Hill, took part in a special debate chaired by MP Rt Hon John Bercow at Westminster.

A total 296 Members of Youth Parliament, from across the country, aged between 11 and 18 met up in London to discuss five main issues which had been voted as top issues by nearly 500,000 young people.

It was decided UKYP’s 2014 national campaign would focus on two main issues - a curriculum for life and votes for 16 and 17-year-olds in all public elections.

Work experience and careers advice, combating youth unemployment and zero tolerance towards bullying in schools were the other topics which were debated.

Tom, the chair of the youth cabinet and MYP for North Worcestershire, said the topics debated in the House of Commons were as a result of the Make Your Mark survey which showed young people had a vested interest in politics and the wider government.

He said: “To be in the House of Commons where laws and motions are passed and debated is an unforgettable experience.

"In addition to the well written speeches, it was fantastic to see young people standing to speak and debate the topics in preparation for the campaigns of 2014.”

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