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Sutton's Youth Parliament Makes its Mark - 27.08.09

Sutton's Youth Parliament Member recently attended a national conference to discuss ways in which young people can influence government policy.

Sutton's Youth MP Emma Fletcher joined hundreds of young people from across the country at the UK Youth Parliament's annual sitting on 24th July.

The annual sitting, held at the University of Kent, was an opportunity for young people from different regions to work together to create a national manifesto and debate topics of interest including the environment, mental health, crime and education.

This year's sitting saw the launch of three national campaigns on public transport, university tuition fees and political education.

Several high profile speakers also spoke at the event including the newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Emma Fletcher said: "This was my first trip away with the UK Youth Parliament since I was elected Sutton's Youth MP in January. We debated topics that matter most to young people ranging from education to public transport. I really enjoyed the chance to make a difference."

Cllr Tony Brett Young, Executive Member for Young People said: "Sutton's Youth Parliament is doing a really good job of getting young people's voices heard. It's important they link up with young people around the country and discuss the issues that concern them most so they can draw up a plan of action."

For anyone who wants to get involved in the Sutton Youth Parliament, please contact Candida Cox on ccox@suttonlea.org or phone 0208 770 4856.

Last updated: Thursday, 27 August 2009

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