Katie’s date in Commons chamber

youthparlyHelensburgh and Lomond’s  Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Katie Burke, was welcomed into the House of Commons this week.

She was one of over 300 young people at the annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament, marking  the launch of Parliament Week which aims to build greater awareness, understanding and engagement with parliamentary democracy in the UK.

This year also marks the fifth anniversary of the UK Youth Parliament sitting in the House of Commons Chamber, the only group other than MPs allowed to sit on the green benches.

Katie said: “It was a fantastic experience that really saw young people from all walks of life come together and debate on the issues that mattered to them most.

“This is the engaged generation, the passion and the words of every speaker told the story of what it’s really like to be a young person in Britain today.”

There were five debates, presided over by Speaker Hon John Bercow. Of the five topics, ‘Votes for 16 and 17 year-olds in all public elections’ was voted as the Youth Parliament UK-wide campaign issue for 2014.

Chair of Argyll and Bute Council’s Helensburgh and Lomond area committee  Gary Mulvaney said: “Katie is a marvellous ambassador for young people in Helensburgh and Lomond, and indeed Argyll and Bute.

“She takes her role as Member of the Youth Parliament very seriously and I congratulate her on being one of only 12 Youth Parliament members from all over Scotland to be invited to this prestigious event.”