The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP joined with the Lord Speaker, Rt Hon Baroness D'Souza CMG at Hulme Hall in Manchester to launch a new series of Parliament’s Education Service events to boost young people’s understanding of Parliament and democracy.
Mr Speaker and the Lord Speaker took part in a Q&A and talked to an audience of 16-18 year olds about Parliament and democracy. Schools from across Greater Manchester and surrounding areas attended the event and a number of local MPs also took part.
Students took part in a day of educational sessions, talks and workshops to help support their understanding of Parliament and democracy. Young people also heard from expert speakers on a range of subjects including media and Parliament, the work of Parliamentary Committees, and voting systems.
Mr Speaker said,
“It was great to join with the Lord Speaker to hear the views of young people who are clearly engaged in what is happening in their neighbourhoods and in the world. I really enjoyed the opportunity to take part in this welcome initiative to engage young people with Parliament and wish the Education Service every success in getting children involved in our democracy.”
Mr Speaker also attended the official opening of the Stammering Support Centre in Leeds, which offers highly specialist speech and language therapy assessment and support for children, young people and adults who stammer. Mr Speaker joined local MPs and Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Shadow Chancellor, to listen to the thoughts of users of the Support Centre.
The centre has been established with support from various organisations which include the Association of Research into Stammering in Childhood (ARSC), British Stammering Association and the Department for Education.
The Manchester event is first of a series of regional events for school-age students and their teachers, organised for 2011-12 by Parliament’s Education Service. Find more information about these regional events: