On Monday 30th September students of the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament consisting of elected students from Clough Hall Technology School and the University Academy of Kidsgrove visited the Houses of Parliament in London. The educational trip that was funded by donations from the Rotary club of Kidsgrove, The Meadow Residents association and others was a huge success and very rewarding for the young people involved.
The visit included a tour of the House of Commons, The House of Lords and Portcullis House. There was also elections and voting sessions where the young people created their own manifestos and campaigns. Leaders of the groups were then put to the test by making speeches to an audience and then going to the polls to see who won. National voting systems were also explained including the UK’s current system of first past the post and Europe’s system of proportional representation.
The KYP also delivered a letter signed by every member asking the Department of Transport to support Kidsgrove’s campaign for a ramp at the railway station. With the current footbridge members of the public in wheelchairs, elderly people and people with push chairs cannot get to platforms 2,3 and 4.
Following on from the Houses of Parliament visit KYP members got to visit many parts of London and had the chance to go on the London Eye as an added reward for all of their hard work. Many of the young people commented how much they were enjoying the visit as they had never visited the capital city before.
Since a young age I have been passionate about giving young people a voice in our community. This whole project is not about politics or politicising children but about helping young people to understand our democratic system. A lot of people this day in age leave school not knowing much about how government works or their entitlement to vote. This usually leads to lack of understanding and people not knowing how to speak up for their communities. I want to change things and make sure the young people of Kidsgrove grow up to be tomorrows leaders which intern leads to a better deal for us all. If we don’t include young people now we can’t expect them to be involved in the future. Our visit was very successful and I would like to thank the KYP members for everything they have done for our town so far and I am sure the hard work will continue.
Many thanks, Councillor Kyle Robinson