WATCH LIVE: Children’s Parliament 2022 tackles the big issues facing Britain
The venture, backed by the Daily Express, is also partnering with online education platform Wakelet and technology giant Microsoft. The Children’s Parliament takes the form of a fully-fledged Parliamentary debate, with half of the children representing the Government and the other Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
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Now re-named the Sir David Amess National Children’s Parliament – in honour of the murdered MP who took the project to his heart – ad hundreds of seven to 11-year-old would-be MPs will debate the key issues of the day, including climate change, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine.
But the main topic for debate today will be: “How Do We Make The World A Safer Place?
Children have been matched to MPs and their constituencies.The latest to sign up is Isaac Southall, nine, who will match Sir Graham Brady in his Altrincham and Sale West constituency.
Other MPs include Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Last year, Britain matched 276 children to MPs and broke Malaysia’s world record 220 link-ups.
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Speaking after the inaugural Children’s Parliament last year, PM Boris Johnson vowed to address climate change – the key issue raised by the speakers in 2021.
He promised to “address and reduce” rising greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.
He added: “This matters for everyone on this planet, but for our children, and our grandchildren, it matters even more.”
Mr Johnson said: “The Children’s Parliament is a chance for children across the UK to tell us what they think.
Sir David, who was murdered in his Southend West seat last year, was a champion of the Children’s Parliament, believing it was “important their views are noticed and given a platform for debate, not least so the youngsters themselves have the opportunity to listen to and learn from their peers.”
The Prime Minister has paid tribute to the late Conservative MP, “whose passion and determination helped make this project happen.”
Anna Firth, Sir David’s successor, met her constituency’s child MP, Lilian Green, 10, and other youngsters from Saint Pierre School, Leighon-Sea, which is involved in the parliament for the second time.
She said it was an “absolute pleasure and duty” to carry Sir David’s flame when she co-chairs the parliament.
“Along with Katie Amess, David’s eldest daughter and patron of the parliament, I will continue to champion this fantastic democratic exercise which engages the people who will inherit our world.
“The theme, ‘How do we make the world a safe place?’ has never been more poignant.
“It makes me so incredibly proud to see hundreds of child MPs banding together to tackle the biggest societal issues of our time – it’s safe to say, our future is in good hands.
Miss Amess said: “This is an incredible initiative whereby primary school children can discuss adult issues and send views directly to the heart of the British Parliament.”
“From the tragedy of my father’s death, we must ensure democracy and freedom of speech prevail.”
Gary Jones, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Express is chair of the Advisory Board of the Children’s Parliament.
Former Brexit secretary David Davis MP joins him with Andrew Fox, chair of trustees of the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation.
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