House of Commons visit
Young people from Cambridgeshire will be taking over the debating chamber in the House of Commons.
Members of Cambridgeshire’s Youth Parliament will be joining other MYPs from across the country for a series of debates on lowering the voting age to 16, youth crime, public transport for young people, jobs and the economy, and university fees.
It will be the first time in 300 years anyone other than MPs have been allowed to debate in the Commons and sit on the green benches.
The three Cambridgeshire MYPs travelling to London on Friday 30 October will be Lewis Punter (MYP for East Cambs and Fenland), Will Heron (North Cambs and Hunts) and Kayleigh Bamford (acting MYP for South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City.)
From Left to right: Will Heron, Cllr Jill Tuck, Lewis Punter, Kayleigh Bamford.
The debate will be filmed and shown on the BBC Parliament website. It can also be followed on http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/liveblog
Lewis Punter said: "This is an outstanding example of how democracy among young people is alive and kicking. Tackling debate topics such as tuition fees, transport, crime, the economy and lowering the voting age really shows that anyone who thinks young people aren't interested in politics is extremely misinformed. It’s going to be an exciting day.”