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Llanelli Star Reports on Year 11 Pupil Ryan Davies Speaking At House of Commons!

Year 11 Bryngwyn pupil, Ryan Davies, is a member of the Carmarthenshire Youth Council and has represented the young people of Carmarthenshire at Funky Dragon, the children and young people’s assembly for Wales, for three years. During an all Wales grand council residential in October, Ryan expressed his interest in becoming a UK Youth Parliament representative, and was elected by over eighty young people from across Wales. Even though Ryan is one of twenty young people to from Wales to be elected, he is the only young person from Wales to be elected as a debate lead at the Commons Chamber meaning he will be speaking at the dispatch box where the Prime Minister, the cabinet and the shadow cabinet speak from.

The debate will chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament. It will focus on the top five issues chosen by more than 250,000 young people in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot earlier this year. At the end of the five debates, Members of Youth Parliament will vote to decide which issue will become their national campaign for 2013. The five issues up for debate are:

  • Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all, which was chosen as the UK Youth Parliament’s national campaign in 2012
  • Getting ready for work
  • Marriage for all
  • An equal National Minimum Wage for all
  • A curriculum to prepare us for life, which was chosen directly by Members of the Youth Parliament.


This debate marks the finale of Parliament Week – an annual national awareness week which aims to build greater understanding and engagement with parliamentary democracy in the UK. It is the fourth time that the UK Youth Parliament has debated in the House of Commons Chamber and they are the only group, other than MPs, allowed to do so.

Each debate topic will be introduced with speeches from regionally elected Members of Youth Parliament, who will put forward arguments for and against the issue, before opening up to the floor. Following the five debates, each Member of Youth Parliament in the Chamber will vote for their top issue. Ballot papers will be collected and counted by House of Commons staff, and the result will be announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons at the end of the event.

There is of course the chance to watch the debate on BBC Parliament and show the rest of the school the achievement and there is the opportunity to get involved by “Creating the Debate”. Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dbmwh/profiles/create-the-debate and download the pack to “Create the Debate”

Click here for the full Llanelli Star report.