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Liskeard Sixth Form student Luke Moynan, along with two other members of the Youth Parliament in Cornwall and constituents from each part of the UK, travelled to London to discuss key issues affecting young people.  Four major issues were discussed, debated and voted on including student transport, the voting age, curriculum for life and work experience hubs. The youth parliament had to vote on which two issues to campaign for from January next year, resulting in a campaign for lowering the voting age and imposing a ‘curriculum for life’.

Members from all over the UK gathered in the Chamber of Commons, chaired by Speaker of the House John Bercow. The event was also attended by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, and Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom, both members of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party. The event was broadcast live on the BBC Parliament Channel, with Luke speaking to the house in the afternoon session.

To commemorate the half centenary of the 1967 Sexual Offenses Act, the notion that decriminalised homosexuality in England, a select few MYPs, including Luke, were invited to present a speech to the house. Luke used the opportunity to discuss how far society has changed since the act was introduced, but also how far we still have to go until everybody is fully integrated into society. After the speeches, the MYPs were able to meet with Lord Speaker Norman Fowler to further discuss the act and its impact.

In an exclusive interview with school reporter and Liskeard Sixth Form student Luke Marriott Luke Moynan stated that “The debates were very insightful and I look forward to starting the campaigns early next year.” He further added that “It was an honour speaking in the dispatch box in order to commemorate such a ground-breaking piece of legislation”.

You can find out more about the Youth Parliament by visiting their website www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk.

Written by Luke Marriott, Liskeard Sixth Form Student, November 2017.

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