SOPHIE Burroughs is Thurrock’s Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) and earlier this month took part in a day of debates at the House of Commons
More than 330 Members of the UK Youth Parliament experienced life on the famous green leather benches of the Commons Chamber on Friday, 4 November, debated the issues that matter to young people.
The Members are all elected young people who work the year round to represent the views of young people in their area.
Sophie took part in the day and the debates which more than 60,000 young people had voted on in advance;
She said: “It was so exciting to actually get to visit the House of Commons, never mind hold our debate in the room where crucial decisions about the country are frequently made.”
“It was a huge honour and privilege and I was proud to be representing Thurrock at a national level.”
The debates on the day were chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons; John Bercow MP and topics included tackling climate change, eradicating child poverty and zero tolerance on bullying.
After the debates all MYPs voted on which issue would form the national UKYP campaign, with Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all, coming out on top.
Young people across the UK will now campaign and lobby for change and action in this area.