Downing Street tea for aspiring politicians
Celebrations continued today at Downing Street for those who excelled in this year’s youth Pprliament and political competitions, as last week’s awards ceremony was cut short by the terrorist attacks on London.The young people who entered the competition, which aims to strengthen young people’s understanding of democracy, are determined that last week's tragedy should not stop life continuing as normal.
So, to celebrate their success, the following schools today joined Chief Whip Hilary Armstrong for tea at Number Ten:
National Youth Parliament Competition:
The Stanway School and Humanities College, Essex
Winner; Andrew Kuszyk, Best Prime Minister; Abigail Rogers, Best Minister;
Newport High School for Girls, Shropshire
Robert May’s School, Hampshire
Best Press Officers;
Thomas Jackson, Westcliff High School, Essex
Best Leader of the Opposition;
Neema Begum, Joseph Leckie Community College, Wolverhampton
Best Opposition Spokesperson;
Lettie Graham, James Allen’s Girls’ School, London
National Political Journalism Competition:
Neil Fenwick, Robert Peck and Tom Stringer, Darrick Wood Secondary School, Orpington
Best braodcast item;
Claire McWethey Hayley Pothecary and Tom Etheridge,
Robert May's School, Hampshire
Best newspaper article.
“All these schools have done exceptionally well to win awards in the National Youth Parliament Competition," said Tony Breslin, Chief Executive of the Citizenshp Foundation. "We are very pleased that they are able to make it to Downing Street in the aftermath of last week’s events.”
However, not everyone made it to both the ceremonies. Neema Begum, winner of the Best Opposition Spokesperson award, was caught up in Tavistock Square as the blast occurred on Thursday, and Jenny McCausland, Best Speaker, was not able to travel today.
The competition is open to 11-18 year olds nationwide, and helps bring to life the process of politics and government by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary session.
- Visit the National Youth Parliament Competition pages >>
- Visit the National Political Journalism Competition pages >>