North Devon Youth Parliament in the House

YOUTH Parliament members from North Devon joined their colleagues from across the country for an historic debate inside the House of Commons.

Chandler Tregaskes and Aydan Greatrick, who represent North Devon and Torridge, were with the five Devon members who made the journey to London to join the annual UK Youth Parliament debate.

It saw a range of topics that concern young people discussed, including the war in Afghanistan, University, job opportunities, sex and relationships education and transport.

"It was a great day. UK Youth Parliament is the only other group of people that have sat in the House of Commons other than MPs and it was a great honour to be there," said Chandler.

"I had to sit back and take a breath and realise it was all happening!"

Aydan, North Devon and Torridge deputy MYP, added: "The fact that our democracy has developed to such a point where a body outside Parliament, yet with equal mandate for representation, can sit in the green benches of the commons, filled me with an enormous amount of pride for my country and our democracy."

The UK Youth Parliament voted to fight a rise in tuition fees, oppose plans to extend school leaving age to 18, campaign for subsidised bus fares, support the Afghan mission and continue the campaign for compulsory sex education from primary school onwards.

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