Youth MPs debate in Commons 

11/11/11
Bolton Youth MPs outside the House of Commons.
Bolton Youth MPs, Asim Iqbal, 19, and Lauren Webb, 17, outside the House of Commons.

Bolton’s Youth MPs have taken part in a day of debates in the House of Commons chamber.

Asim Iqbal, 19, and Lauren Webb, 17, travelled to London last Friday (November 4) to join their counterparts across the country to discuss some of the key issues that affect young people today.

The event was part of Parliament Week, a new national initiative to explore how democracy affects the lives of British citizens, and how they can participate in it.

The UK Youth Parliament debates focused on five topics, chosen by a record-breaking 65,532 young people from across the country. They were:

  • Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all
  • No to tuition fees, yes to graduate tax
  • Zero tolerance towards bullying in schools
  • End child poverty
  • A greener future for Britain

Following the debates, the public transport debate will become the key national campaign for the UK Youth Parliament.

Lauren Webb said: “The House of Commons debates are such a good opportunity to get young people’s voices heard.

“It was a great chance to get across to the politicians and the public what young people think and feel about current affairs.

“It also shows that young people really do care about things that are going on not just in England, but around the world, as we debated about a greener future which isn't just for the UK, but for everyone.”

Bolton Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Linda Thomas, said: “It is so encouraging to see young people such as Lauren and Asim getting involved in the democratic process.

“As our future, the borough’s young people need to form an active voice to debate the issues that affect them now and in years to come, and I hope that this trip will prove an inspiration to continue taking an active interest in politics.”

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