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Sixth Former to debate in Parliament

Sixth Former to debate in Parliament
Sam Evans preparing for the debate at the House of Commons.
Thursday 28th October 2010 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Sam Evans will speak in the House of Commons during a series of debates by Members of the Youth Parliament. Sam, an MYP for Rutland will join others for debates attended by MPs and John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons.

The event tomorrow (Friday 29th October), is due to be televised and will give the participants a real opportunity to experience the world of politics. Some MYPs have been allocated front bench seats normally occupied by Prime Minister David Cameron and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband.

Sam, who has been an MYP since March, will take part in the debate on transport, focusing on the high cost of rail tickets in the East Midlands and canvassing for subsidised travel for young people.

He said: 'The East Midlands has the highest rate of fares on the trains and quite a few youngsters have to pay for adult fares when they are under 16 because they cannot provide any identification. I propose that rail fares are standardised and also that a subsidised scheme offering student discounts on bus and rail travel, that currently exists in Derbyshire, is rolled out across the whole country.'

The 100 MYPs will also take part in debates on war and universities and will have lunch and a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Sam, who is also a member of the Rutland Youth Council, is studying A Levels in business, DT and ebusiness. He said 'The Youth Parliament meets once every two months at different venues. We have debates, training and public speaking workshops and visited Belfast in July for our annual conference. It gives you a real taste of what being a politician is all about.

'The whole thing is a very good experience, you learn a lot about yourself. It is great if you are interested in politics and considering it as a career and being involved also looks good on university applications too.'

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