What is The Children’s Parliament?
The inaugural event in 2021 broke the record for the world’s largest Online MS Teams session of a Children’s Parliament with 270 primary school children across the UK matched to MPs and their constituencies.
The most recent Children’s Parliament event was held on the 14th October 2022, the day before Sir David Amess died, which was the 15th October 2021. A special commemorative debate was held in the main chamber of the real British Parliament. Previous topics have included Sustainability and Climate Change and ‘How do we make the world a safer place’?
“In my view people can’t start early enough to get involved in democracy. That’s why the children’s parliament is a great initiative, if you want to make things happen, you must campaign on something you feel passionate about.”
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons
Children’s Parliament Select Committee
Conservative MP Anna Firth, who represents the Southend West seat formerly held by Sir David Amess is hosting the first in-person ‘Children’s Parliament Select Committee’ for those even younger.
Peter Spencer-Lane, Headmaster of Saint Pierre School in Leigh-on-Sea and Sir David Amess co-founded the Children’s Parliament before COP26 in October 2021.
On Monday, 17th October 2022, London and Southend school pupils between the ages of seven to eleven will descend on Portcullis House to ask the tough questions of various water companies. Anglian Water, Aquaphor Water Filters, Velocity Airflush Toilets and Football for Peace Hydration FC and can expect a grilling on sewage, sustainability and leakage reduction.
The event also sees the launch of a Children’s Parliament APPG.
Firth is spearheading the scheme from the Parliamentary side, partly to honour her predecessor, Sir David Amess, the MP for Southend West cruelly murdered last October.
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“I am determined to build upon his legacy. I think our youngsters debating the issues of the day in Westminster will resonate with everyone and give the children an experience they will never forget”
Conservative MP Anna Firth