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|Title:||Inspiring School Students to visit House Of Commons|
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TWO young people will represent Doncaster when they join over 300 other budding politicians for a debate at the House of Commons.
Sixth formers Georgia Wren and Aysha Ahmed, both 16, will visit London to join the UK Youth Parliament’s discussions on priority campaigns for 2014.
Georgia, from The McCauley School, and Aysha, of The Hayfield School, have been youth council members since 2011 and were elected as Members of Youth Parliament in February 2013.
The debate, on Friday, 15 November, which will be chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament, will focus on the top five issues chosen by more than 478,000 young people in the UK Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot earlier this year. At the end of the five debates, Members of Youth Parliament will vote to decide which two issues will become their national campaigns for 2014.
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: ‘It is fantastic to see these two inspiring young people showing an interest in politics and representing Doncaster at this debate – clearly politics needs to appeal more to young people as they are our future.
‘Georgia and Aysha are obviously very ambitious and are perfect examples of the wealth of brilliant young people we have here in the borough.
‘Prospects for young people are a hot topic at the moment, not only in Doncaster but across the country, particularly with youth unemployment being too high.
‘I wish the girls good luck in the debate and I will be very interested in meeting with them when they return as I am sure we can learn from them tips on what may benefit people here in the borough.’
Georgia said: ‘We cannot wait to sit on the famous green benches in the House of Parliament and represent Doncaster.’
And Aysha added: ‘We have prepared several questions based on the top five issues and hopefully the Speaker John Bercow will select us to put our questions forward in the House.’
The five issues up for debate are:
- A curriculum to prepare us for life, which was chosen as the UK Youth Parliament’s national campaign in 2013
- Zero tolerance towards bullying in schools
- Better work experience and careers advice
- Combating youth unemployment
- Votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all public elections
This debate marks the start of Parliament Week – an annual national awareness week which aims to build greater understanding and engagement with parliamentary democracy in the UK. It is the fifth time that the UK Youth Parliament has debated in the House of Commons Chamber and they are the only group, other than MPs, allowed to do so.
Each debate topic will be introduced with speeches from regionally elected Members of Youth Parliament, who will put forward arguments for and against the issue becoming their campaign, before opening up to the floor. Following the five debates, each Member of Youth Parliament in the Chamber will vote for their top two issues. Ballot papers will be collected and counted by House of Commons staff, and the result will be announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons at the end of the event.
Both Georgia and Aysha are experienced speakers, they recently travelled to Brussels as UK representatives, at the European Parliament. Both gave presentations on the work they have been involved in locally and regionally.
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