MEMBERS of Rotherham’s Youth Parliament were arguing in a grander chamber than their usual Town Hall HQ this week — the Commons Chamber in the Houses of Parliament.
Toni Paxford and Ashley Gregory, Rotherham MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) joined almost 300 elected members from around the country for a debate which decided the national body’s priority campaigns for 2016.
Toni (16) from Kimberworth and Ashley (17) from Aston were elected as Members of UK Youth Parliament in February 2014.
Toni also had the privilege of being chosen to represent the Yorkshire and Humber Region in delivering a speech about the Magna Carta at the Dispatch Box in the House of Commons in front of the Speak of the House, John Bercow MP.
Working together to combat racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim and Jewish, has been chosen as the issue as UKYP’s national campaign for 2015 and mental health was chosen as the UK Youth Parliament's priority campaign for England.
Toni said: “It was an amazing experience which I was exceptionally proud to take part in.”
Mr Bercow said: “Welcoming the Youth Parliament for their annual sitting in the has become one of the House of Common's most pleasant traditions.
“I am pleased that young people are taking advantage of the opportunity to make their voices heard in the heart of democracy in ever increasing numbers.”