Norfolk teens in the Lords

Four young people from Norfolk are to debate and vote in the House of Lords.

Tracey Gray

Four young people from Norfolk are to debate and vote in the House of Lords.

The UK Youth Parliament will sit in the House of Lords today , with Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) from Norwich, South Norfolk, and South West Norfolk all in attendance.

Jacob Rix, the member for North Norfolk, will also attend but will be in the press room, answering media enquiries and issuing news release.

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The pilot event is only the second time either Chamber of Parliament has been open to the public for non-parliamentary use.

The five MYPs to attend are Jacob Rix, 15, (North Norfolk constituency), Chloe Donovan, 13, (South Norfolk), Victoria Caswell, 16, (Norwich North), Alice Hyde, 17, (Norwich South) and Lucy Bennett, 16, (South West Norfolk).

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Jacob Rix, media representative for the UK Youth Parliament, said: “Although we are not old enough to vote in the elections on May 1, this does not mean we have to sit in silence. Young people not only deserve to, but have the right for their voices to be heard."

The MYPs will be debating six campaign ideas, including the abolition of university tuition fees, a national public transport concession card for young people under the age of 18 and the creation of one single age at which young people are deemed to become an adult.

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