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Youth Parliament at the House of Commons

Seb Jolly (Redborne Upper School) and Poppy Galloway Rogers

(Vandyke Upper School) were among the 350 Youth Parliament members from across the nation who took part in the session, chaired by Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP.

The 11-18 year olds debated the five leading topics from the Make Your Mark ballot which also included Mental Health; Equal Pay for Equal Work and Tackling Homelessness before voting to decide which two should become the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for 2018/2019.

Make Your Mark is an annual ballot which asks young people to highlight the issues which matter most to them. This year, a record 1,111,580 took part across the UK, including 7,568 across Central Bedfordshire, and the top issue in both the UK and in Central Bedfordshire is putting an end to knife crime.

After a passionate debate in the House of Commons on Friday, Seb said:

“It was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget, it was a real privilege to represent my peers across Central Bedfordshire.”

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