Youth representatives from East Sussex have been making their mark on national debate – by speaking at the mother of parliaments.
The county’s three representatives on the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) spoke in the body’s annual House of Commons debate at Westminster, aimed at picking key issues for members to campaign on in the year ahead.
Eastbourne’s Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP), Paddy Stewart, was picked to speak on a motion arguing for resits in maths and English to be reinstated, while Lewes and Wealden member Harry Elphick argued for a living wage for all workers.
The five topics for the debate were selected by a ballot of young people across the country as part of the Make Your Mark campaign, supported by the East Sussex Youth Cabinet.
Paddy, a 14-year-old student at Bishop Bell School, said, “Talking in the House of Commons was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and was an unbelievable opportunity to be able to stand up and speak for young people.”
The debate, screened live on BBC Parliament, was opened by William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, and chaired by Commons speaker John Bercow.