Youth Parliament to sit in House of Commons

03 November 2011

Young people from all over the UK are set to fill the House of Commons Chamber on Friday 4 November 2011 and debate the issues that matter to them.

Members of the UK Youth Parliament will sit in the Commons chamber from 11am and debate a range of issues voted on by over 65,000 of their peers.

Bullying, tuition fees on agenda

Issues will include the cost and accessibility of public transport, bullying in schools and tuition fees.

The debate will be chaired by Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, following opening remarks by Sir George Young, Leader of the House of Commons.

UKYP campaign to be decided

Following the each of the five debates the Youth Parliament will call on government ministers to give a response.

One debate issue will also be chosen to be the top campaign for the Youth Parliament in the upcoming year.

For the very first time the debate will be shown live on BBC Parliament from 11.05am and schools across the country are invited to watch.

Follow the event on Twitter

Live updates will take place around the UK Youth Parliament's debate in the House of Commons on Twitter, the micro-blogging site.

Tweeters will be exchanging updates by inserting the hashtag #UKYPHoC in their posts, as well as #ParliWk.

You can also follow the lastest updates from the UK Youth Parliament on its Twitter account @ukyp and from Parliament Week on @Parliament_Week.

Learning with Parliament's Education Service

Interested teachers and students can access a range of classroom resources related to Parliament Week here:

And if your school belongs to the Radiowaves network, students can go to Radiowaves' Parliament channel and share their views about democracy and how it affects them.

The Radiowaves platform allows schools to offer their teachers and students a safe space for social networking, podcasting, blogging and social learning.

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