Youngsters to speak at House of Commons

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Two Northumberland teenagers are following in the footsteps of famous leaders like Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George this week.

The youngsters, both members of Northumberland Youth Parliament, are taking part in the UK Youth Parliament’s Annual Debate at the House of Commons on Friday, November 14, in an event being screened on TV.

Annabelle Cooper, 17, from the Alnwick area and Ewan Kirk, 15, from Morpeth will be representing the views of young people in Northumberland in debate.

They will be contributing to debate on five issues which have been voted for in the Make Your Mark ballot by young people from across the country.

Annabelle has been lucky enough to be chosen to deliver a speech from the dispatch box about how the First World War affected the lives and industry in the North East.

During their annual sitting, Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) passed a motion by which the whole debate would be lengthened by 30 minutes as to allow time for one representative from each region to give a speech to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Talking about her speech, Annabelle said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was chosen to deliver a speech but I’m really looking forward to it.

“It’s especially poignant this week to be talking about the anniversary of the First World War and the impact it had on the region.”

Northumberland Youth Parliament, which is supported by Northumberland County Council’s Youth Service, is an elected body of 13 to 19 year olds who represent the views of young people from across the county.

Coun Robert Arckless, Northumberland County Council’s policy board member for children’s services, said: “Young people in Northumberland continue to impress me with the work they do to improve our county and the enthusiasm they have for politics.

“Standing at the dispatch box in the House of Commons is a dream I’m sure many politicians have had but never achieved, and I’m sure Annabelle and Ewan will be a credit to the county.”

The debate will be screened live on the BBC’s Democracy Live pages from 11.10am on Friday and shown on the BBC’s Parliament Channel from around 8pm the same night.