UK Youth Parliament welcomed to Parliament by Alex Cunningham MP

On Friday 29th October the UK Youth Parliament will sit in the House of Commons to debate issues that matter to young people including university tuition fees and the war in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year MPs voted in favour of allowing the UK Youth Parliament to use the House of Commons for the second year running.  A majority of 499 to 21 voted to allow members of the Youth Parliament to continue to debate there once a year until the next general election.

The debate, which will be chaired by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, will begin at 11am and continue until around 3pm with a break for lunch.

In advance of the debate, local MP Alex Cunningham said:

“This is an important opportunity for young people from across the UK to debate the issues that matter to them.

 It is wonderful to see so many young people engaging with politics and I hope young people in Stockton North will tune in to listen to at least some of the debate.

 MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing the UK Youth Parliament to use the Chamber, despite protests from a small group of Tory MPs, and I am sure the debate will be a huge success.”