History in the House
TWO YOUNG people from Rotherham made history when they were among the first in the country to take part in a debate in the House of Commons.
The United Kingdom Youth Parliament took over the House for a debate on issues for their manifesto, the first time anyone other than MPs have done so in the history of the Commons.
Two 15-year-olds, George Foster, from West Melton and Sarah Hale from Brinsworth, represented the borough at the event which was screened on the BBC Parliament channel.
Nationally, the Members of the Youth Parliament put forward subjects for the debate and the final five chosen were:
- Lowering the voting age to 16.
- Youth crime and how to tackle it.
- Public transport for young people.
- Jobs for young people and the economy.
- University fees.
George said: "It was an amazing day of meaningful thought and quality debate on the real issues important to young people across the UK.
“This opportunity will significantly contribute to the Government's agenda on engaging young people in politics, as the debate has spread an array of positive messages, however I believe there is still much more to be done.
"This will certainly add an extra dimension to the importance and value of young people's voice and influence.
“I feel privileged to be an elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament and further privileged to have this opportunity to help make history."
Cllr Shaun Wright, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People's Services, said: "Rotherham's young people have been very active in the UKYP through their work with the Youth Cabinet locally.
“This was an amazing opportunity for George and Sarah to create history and I'm glad to hear they enjoyed the event."
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