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House of Commons debate

Alaa Fawaz speaks in the House of Commons

Youth parliament members from across the country met at the House of Commons in Westminster to debate the topic of the UK Youth Parliament’s (UKYP) next national campaign.

Slough was represented at the debate on 10 November by youth parliament member Alaa Fawaz 16, who made her case for votes at 16. This is the third year Slough has been represented in the House of Commons debate.

A vote at 16 was selected as the UKYP’s next national campaign. A curriculum to better prepare young people for life was chosen as their priority campaign for England.

These motions were two of five debated in the House of Commons chamber in a special session chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

More than 200 UKYP members aged 11-18 took part in the debates nationally. Topics were voted for by 948,677 young people during the recent Make Your Mark ballot – the biggest youth referendum in the UK.

Alaa Fawaz, member of UKYP for Slough, said: “It was an unforgettable experience and inspiring to see so many passionate young people. This is the second time I’ve represented Slough at the national level. Last year I spoke against adult fares for young people but this year I spoke in favour of votes at 16.”

Slough Youth Parliament is supported by the Young People’s Service, Slough Borough Council.

For more information on Slough’s Youth Voice initiatives, email sloughforyouth@slough.gov.uk

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