Youngsters speak up in Parliament

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Two Northumberland teenagers have followed in the footsteps of famous leaders like Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George.

The youngsters, both members of Northumberland Youth Parliament, took part in the UK Youth Parliament’s Annual Debate at the House of Commons on Friday.

Annabelle Cooper, 17, from the Alnwick area and Ewan Kirk, 15, from Morpeth, represented the views of young people in Northumberland in debate.

They contributed to debate on five issues which have been voted for in the Make Your Mark ballot by young people from across the country.

Northumberland Youth Parliament, which is supported by Northumberland County Council’s Youth Service, is an elected body of 13-19 year olds who represent the views of young people from across the county.

Councillor Robert Arckless, Northumberland County Council’s policy board member for children’s services, said: “Young people in Northumberland continue to impress me with the work they do to improve our county and the enthusiasm they have for politics.

“Standing at the dispatch box in the House of Commons is a dream I’m sure many politicians have had but never achieved, and I’m sure Annabelle and Ewan will be a credit to the county.”