Members of Andover Youth Council visited the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 2nd September to get an insight into the workings of government.
As well as a trip around the House of Lords, House of Commons and Westminster Hall, the Andover Youth Council members were also treated to a debating workshop.
Elected Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Test Valley and New Forest, Theo (aged 15) was very complimentary about the workshop; “The debating workshop was excellent for building up your debating skills” he said.
“They taught us how to build and deliver an argument as well as the rules for debating.”
“I really enjoyed the day and would consider standing for Parliament in the future” he added.
Shaun (aged 15) who said he may be interested in a career in politics later on said it was an excellent day. “I’ve gained debating skills that will help me in my essays. We also covered a lot of the history of politics in the UK. It was a real privilege to be invited today.”
Echoing Shaun, Miles (aged 15) said “I learnt a lot about the history of politics and it was a real experience. The debate workshop was really useful and I picked up some good tips.”
Andover Youth Council members were accompanied by members of the advisory panel including Geoff McBride (Andover Town Councillor), Mo Sweeney (TVCS Empowering Communities, Youth and Communities Worker), Janine Shipley (Army Welfare Service Community Development Worker) and Cathy Sherlock (Army Welfare Service Community Development Worker).
The advisory panel and Andover Youth Council are working and encouraging more young people to come forward including those from the military community.
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