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Roedean student to represent youth at the House of Commons and BBC TVs Question Time
A Roedean sixth form pupil with a keen interest in politics has been invited to represent the young people of Brighton and Hove at a debate of the UK Youth Parliament at the House of Commons on Friday 4th November.
Morgan Taylor will also pose a question to a panel of political leaders as part of BBC TV’s Question Time programme which will be recorded at Portcullis House, Westminster, on Thursday 3rd November and broadcast later that evening.
‘This is an experience of lifetime for me and the other Members of Youth Parliament,’ says Morgan. ‘It is a national platform where the issues and contributions of young people can be heard by the country’s leaders and influencers. The debate will be an exciting opportunity to express the views of young people in a positive way and to share some of the real issues that young people are facing today as they try to further their education and enter the world of work.’
There will be 325 members of the UK Youth Parliament, from the ages of 12 to 18 years, representing youth constituencies across the country. They will debate the issues that matter in the House of Commons Chamber on Friday. The entire event will be broadcast live on the BBC Parliament television channel.
The proceedings on Friday will be chaired by The Right Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, following a welcome address from the Leader of the House, Sir George Young Bt MP, and also the Shadow Leader Ms Angela Eagle MP. The session will be closed by Mrs Natascha Engel MP, Chair of the Back Bench Committee.
Over 65,000 young people across the country completed an online poll to decide the topics that will be addressed - such as the provision of public transport for young people, a graduate tax as an alternative to tuition fees, and zero tolerance towards bullying in schools.
The event is the finalé to Parliament Week, a new national initiative supported by the House of Commons and the House of Lords to encourage the engagement of young people with the UK’s democratic system and institutions.
Morgan Taylor, from the USA who has attended Roedean since 2007, is also the media representative for the UK Youth Parliament South East Region. As part of the Parliament Week initiative, she has been invited to ask a question representing young people at the recording of BBC TV’s Question Time.
The popular topical debate programme, hosted by David Dimbleby and avidly watched by over 3 million viewers, will feature panellists Mrs Theresa May MP, the Home Secretary; Baroness Shirley Williams, The Liberal Democrat Peer, and Mr Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor.