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UK Youth Parliament sitting in House of Commons

UK Youth Parliament sitting in House of Commons

On Friday 11 November, members of the UK Youth Parliament debated a range of topical issues, including the need for cheap, accessible public transport and tackling racist and religious discrimination.

For this special event, around 300 young people took over the House of Commons Chamber for a debate chaired by the Rt Hon John Bercow.

Members, aged 11-18, debated the issues voted for by over 970,000 young people across the UK through this year’s Make Your Mark campaign. At the end of the debates they voted for to make 'votes for 16 and 17 year olds' and 'a curriculum to prepare us for life' the focus of their 2017 campaigns.

Morning session

  • We must stop cuts that affect the NHS
  • Votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all public elections
  • Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all

Afternoon session:

  • Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish 
  • A curriculum to prepare us for life
  • A better, kinder democracy

Read the transcript of the day's proceedings.

Read the transcripts of previous UK Youth Parliament (2013-15) sittings.

This year’s UKYP sitting marked the start of Parliament Week, a week-long programme of events and activities that connect people across the UK with Parliament and democracy.