UK Youth Parliament at Westminster

UK Youth Parliament at Westminster

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The UK Youth Parliament held a series of topical debates in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 29 October, giving young people the chance to discuss the issues that matter to them, including university tuition fees and transport costs.

This is the second occasion that the UK Youth Parliament has used the House of Commons chamber. 

Over 300 11 to 18-year-olds took part this year, representing hundreds of thousands of young people who voted in the Youth Parliament elections.

The short film above charts the journey of five UK Youth Parliament members sharing experiences of the event through their own video diaries. It is also available on YouTube for you to embed on your own site or blog. 


Watch the debates

During their day at the House of Commons, Members of the UK Youth Parliament (MYPs) debated issues chosen by over 2,500 young people across the country. You can watch all five debates online:

The UK Youth Parliament website also hosted a live blog from 11am on the day of the debates and you can see the story of the event in pictures.

About the UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. It was set up to give young people a voice on issues they are concerned about, at local, regional and national level.

Young people organise and run the events, campaign on important issues, and hold elections to decide who will represent them.

Supporting the UK Youth Parliament

The Houses of Parliament have hosted UK Youth Parliament debates since 2008, first in the House of Lords and last year in the House of Commons. MPs recently voted in favour of the UK Youth Parliament using the House of Commons chamber once a year until the next general election.

The event is supported by the UK Parliament as part of its public engagement programme.

Booking and enquiries

Education Service
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 2TT
020 7219 4496

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