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Posted on: 24 November 2017

Head Boy in the House

 

Recently, Members of the UK Youth Parliament aged 11-18 took part in an annual debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP.

They debated five issues chosen by a ballot of young people from across the UK and then voted to decide which two issues should become the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for the year - votes at 16 and a Curriculum for Life. The young people came from all areas of the country and represented the changing face of modern Britain - 52% of the Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) are female compared with just 29% of female MPs. Furthermore 32% of MYPs are from a black and minority ethnic background compared with 8% of MPs and 7.9% of the British population.

Our Head Boy, Callum King, is the Youth Member for Hart, Rushmoor and East Hants.

He said, “It was an amazing experience sitting where the people who run our country sit. It was smaller than I expected with cameras surveying your every move - it was surreal. I will never forget it and I can’t wait until I return to the Commons again next year, and hopefully become a debate lead!”