TWO teenagers from Harrow will experience life on the House of Commons' famous green benches this week as they debate issues facing youngsters at the chambers on Friday.
Pooja Khatri, 15, of Hatch End High School and Robert Rowatt, 16, of St Dominic's will join more than 300 young people from across the country as part of Parliament Week.
The Youth Parliament members, known as MYPs, work all year round organising campaigns and debates to influence the council and local MPs, and represent the views of young people in Harrow.
Robert and Pooja will represent Harrow at the specially organised House of Commons’ event following a major consultation where over 65,000 young people from all over the UK voted on the topics they would like to see discussed.
Ahead of the meeting Pooja Khatri said: “It’s so exciting to actually get to visit the House of Commons, never mind hold our debate in the room where crucial decisions about the country have been made for hundreds of years.
"It’s a huge honour and privilege, and I’m sure it will put our debating skills to the test on the day.”
Over 65,000 young people across the UK took part in an online poll to decide which issues will be debated on 4 November and amongst the topics being discussed will be the provision of public transport for young people, a graduate tax as an alternative to tuition fees, and zero tolerance towards bullying in schools.
Pooja is a committed local campaigner who was first elected to be secretary for Harrow Youth Parliament in March 2010, and was then first elected to the UK Youth Parliament in March 2011. She is currently studying for her GCSE’s.
Robert was elected at the same time and is also studying for his A-levels.
n. For more information about Parliament Week, visit http://www.parliamentweek.org/