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2 July, 2007

National Youth Parliament Competition Winners to be awarded at House of Lords

David Cameron, Sir Menzies Campbell, and Lord Falconer will be joining other high profile MPs presenting awards to the winners of the Citizenship Foundation’s National Youth Parliament Competition on Wednesday 4 July in the House of Lords. Winners will also have the chance to quiz their real life counterparts as they receive their prizes. The ceremony will be hosted by President of the Citizenship Foundation, Lord Andrew Phillips of Sudbury, OBE and will be followed by a photo opportunity on outside the House of Commons between 2:00 and 2:30pm.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, the National Youth Parliament Competition helps bring to life the process of Parliament, government and politics. To enter, teams of 11–18 year olds recreate the parliamentary chamber, take on the roles of Government, Opposition and backbench MPs and make a 20 minute video debate on a mock bill. Debates this year included proposed Bills to:

• Introduce Compulsory Voting

• Allow total freedom of the wearing of religious items in the workplace

• Make all vehicles over 1600ccs to pay an extra £100 in road tax

• Raise the legal age of alcohol consumption to 21

• Withdraw the United Kingdom from the Eurozone

The winning entries were judged by a panel of MPs and Ministers, including Bridget Prentice, Sarah Teather, Theresa May and Annette Brooke who said “I was so impressed with the level of debate, the research undertaken, and the overall performance reflecting the House of Commons – what better way to learn and absorb aspects of government and Citizenship.”

Tony Breslin, Chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation congratulated all the teams on their entries saying, “healthy democracies need well-informed citizens who understand the democratic process and have the skills and confidence to participate. The competition helps bring this to life by giving young people the opportunity to debate issues that are fundamental to their everyday lives.”

Over 170 schools and youth groups from around the UK entered the competition which is now in its sixteenth successful year.

National Team Awards

National Winner St Michael's Specialist Science School, Billingham

Topic: A bill to introduce road tax

National Runners-up (joint) Knowsley Youth Parliament, Liverpool

Topic: A bill to raise the legal age of alcohol consumption to 21

Pershore High School, Wocestershire

Topic: A bill to withdraw the United Kingdom from the Eurozone

Best Question Time The Stanway School and Humanities College, Colchester

National Individual Awards

Best Minister (joint) Sean Kelly (closing speech), St Michael's Specialist Science School

Richard Reid (opening speech), Knowsley Youth Parliament

Best Opposition Spokesperson Daniel Kirby, St Michael's Specialist Science School

Best Backbencher Rebecca Moss, Simon Langton School for Boys, Canterbury

Best Speaker Hannah Proctor, St Michael's Specialist Science School

Best Prime Minister Christopher O'Brien, Simon Langton School for Boys

Best Leader of the Opposition Michael Sweetman, Simon Langton School for Boys

Best Press Officer Bex Bailey, Rushcliffe School, Nottinghamshire

Further information

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Notes for editors:

1. The prizewinners’ reception will be hosted by Lord Phillips of Sudbury on Wednesday 4 July in the Houses of Parliament where David Cameron MP, Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, The Speaker of the House, Beverley Hughes MP, Theresa May MP, Sarah Teather MP and Bridget Prentice MP will be awarding the prizes.

2. About the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

3. The National Youth Parliament Competition is now in its sixteenth successful year. The Competition helps bring to life the process of parliament, government and politics, by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary debates

4. The Ministry of Justice is sponsoring the National Youth Parliament competition to provide young people with the opportunity to participate in parliamentary processes and engage with government in a unique way. Young people have an important stake in our democracy. And it is vital that they have the skills, confidence capability to participate as active citizens.

5. With thanks to the British Airways London Eye for donating free flights to the award winners.

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