Youngster to debate in Parliament

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A MORPETH youngster has been selected to take part in a national debate at the House of Commons next week.

Simon Pickles, 17, from King Edward VI school in Morpeth, will join more than 300 elected members of youth parliament at the debate on Friday, November 23, to decide the priority campaign for 2013.

The debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament, will focus on the top five issues chosen by more than 250,000 young people in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot earlier this year.

At the end of the five debates, members of Youth Parliament will vote to decide which issue will become their national campaign for 2013. The five are:

n Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all n Getting ready for work

n Marriage for all

n Equal national minimum wage for all

n A curriculum to prepare us for life.

Coun Lesley Rickerby, the county council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in engaging young people in Northumberland in this initiative.

“It’s great to have young people acting as ambassadors for the county.”