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Palace of Westminster

UK Youth Parliament 2019 in the House of Commons - morning session

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Published on Dec 16, 2019

On the 8th of November 2019, Members of the UK Youth Parliament came together in the House of Commons Chamber to debate a range of issues voted on by over 800,000 young people from across the UK. The key topics selected in the ballot included climate change, knife crime and the curriculum.

The annual session of the Youth Parliament was presided over by the Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and former Deputy Speaker, Dame Eleanor Laing, over the course of one day. Passionate speeches and eloquent arguments were made on the most important issues affecting young people.

The Youth Parliament is made up of young people from across the UK, who are elected by 11-18-year olds in constituencies to represent them and use their voice to raise the issues which affect them. At the end of the day, the Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) walked through the famous voting lobbies of the House of Commons to select Climate Change as the petition to be debated by MPs in the new Parliament.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle said “It is so important that young people are politically engaged in politics today, and that is why it was my pleasure to preside over the 10th sitting of the UK Youth Parliament.

Not only were the debaters very skilled, I am quite sure many of those taking part will be returning to our green benches in the years to come.”

A number of young people were selected by their peers as ‘Debate Leads’ to open the debates and to argue for their priorities in the final vote.

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

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