Simon sets his sights on youth parliament

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A MORPETH student will be starting the summer holidays in Nottingham to prepare for a debate in the Commons.

Simon Pickles, 17, will travel to the city tomorrow (Friday) for the 12th annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament.

The King Edward VI School pupil was elected to the body in December and started his term of office in February.

He will join 250 other members of the Youth Parliament at the Nottingham event, including Callum Crozier from Prudhoe High School.

Members will be welcomed by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow and campaigner Peter Tatchell, with a keynote speech from Secretary of State for Children and Families Tim Loughton.

Delegates will debate issues, take part in workshops and decide which topics should be included in the UK Young Person’s Manifesto to go forward to a national ballot of young people to determine the parliament’s priorities.

The top five topics will then be debated in the Commons in November.