Smestow was represented on the famous green benches in Westminster when one of our pupils took part in a unique debate in Parliament.

Mille Betteridge joined members of the UK Youth Parliament from across the country for the debate in the House of Commons on Friday (10th November 2018).

Mille is a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Wolverhampton, and her role is to positively represent the views of children and young people in her area.

MYPs are the only group, other than MPs, to be allowed to sit on the green benches in Parliament, and the annual debate is a unique opportunity.

At the event, 300 elected Members of the UK Youth Parliament aged 11-18 took part in a debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP.

They debated five issues chosen by the Make Your Mark ballot of young people across the UK, and then voted to decide which two issues should become the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for 2017.

The session was filmed live on the BBC Parliament website, and footage has been shown on the Parliament TV channel.

Millie said: “I was honoured and excited to be able to represent the youth voice of Wolverhampton in the House of Commons. I’m privileged to have had this experience and to be part of such an empowering event.”

You can read more about the event on the official Parliament website by clicking here.

Millie Betteridge