Saturday, July 13, 2024

Youth parliament’s Anna heads for rehearsals for House of Commons debate

16 year old, Anne-Marie Ola, Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Thurrock will head to Nottingham this weekend (27 – 29 July) for the 12th annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament, in order to prepare for a debate in the House of Commons later this year.

Along with 250 other members of the UK Youth Parliament, she will be welcomed by the Speaker of the House of Commons RT Hon John Bercow MP, as well as political campaigner Peter Tatchell. The annual event will also feature a keynote speech from Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

Over three days, the delegates will debate issues that affect young people, and take part in workshops and skill sessions. They will also vote to decide which topics should be incorporated in the UKYP Manifesto. Following the event MYPs will vote on what issues from the Manifesto will be put to a national ballot of young people aged 11-18 across the UK to determine the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaign for 2013. The top five topics from this national ballot will then be debated at the House of Commons sitting in November. At the Commons sitting, one topic will be chosen to be UKYP’s priority campaign.

Anne-Marie, who was elected by the Youth Cabinet in 2011 to represent Thurrock as Deputy Member of Youth Parliament and then carried on to be Member of Youth Parliament, said:

“Words truly cannot describe how grateful and thrilled I am to have the opportunity to go to the 2012 Annual Sitting. I am looking forward to meeting with young people who are passionate about politics and love representing young people.

“My aim is to represent the views of the young people in Thurrock and I will work extremely hard to communicate this at the Annual Sitting”.


  1. It is great to see young people taking an interest in politics, regardless of what political party allegiance they follow they should be encouraged to take to the stand and get involved, it is only through the youth that politics and democracy will continue, Well done Anna-Marie I really hope that you enjoy your time at the Youth Parliament and continue with your interest in politics


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