On behalf of the Youth Parliament, I traveled down to the house of commons representing young people from Norfolk, with three other MYP's, to participate in the annual debate held there. We debated the topics from the Make Your Mark ballots we completed in tutorial, which over 1.1 million people aged 11 to 18 voted on across the country. The top results were ending Knife Crime, Mental Health, Equal Pay for Equal Work, Tackling Homelessness and Votes at 16. These were debated by members of youth parliament across the country, and although I did not get the opportunity to stand up and debate the topics, I did get to vote on them at the end. The two winning campaigns were Votes at 16 and Put an End to Knife Crime. Overall, it was a brilliant experience that I thoroughly enjoyed, and it was an honour to be able to sit on the benches of the MP's. Hopefully next year I will get to speak in the debates as well as vote.
By Jake Dorman