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UK Youth Parliament takes over Commons chamber for debate

On 10 November 2017, members of the Youth Parliament sat in the Commons chamber to debate the issues that they had decided were priorities.

Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP chaired the debate which covered a range of topics; a curriculum to prepare young people for life, transport, work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds, allowing 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote and protecting LGBT+ people.

In addition, they marked the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK by sharing their reflections on life for LGBT+ young people, 50 years on.

At the end of the debates, the Members of Youth Parliament voted on their campaign for the next year. They decided to focus on lowering the voting age to 16 and a curriculum for life in 2018. These campaigns will be formally launched at the UK Youth Parliament action day in January 2018.

To read more about the day, you can visit the UK Youth Parliament website here. If you would like to read the official Hansard transcripts of the debates, you can download a copy here, and watch a record of the debate on the parliament livestream site, parliamentlive.tv