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3rd Dec, 2021

Pupils from Bromsgrove's Meadows First School involved in COP26-inspired first Children's Virtual Parliament

Tristan Harris 5th Nov, 2021 Updated: 10th Nov, 2021

CHILDREN from Bromsgrove’s Meadows First School took part in the World’s first Virtual Children’s Parliament for COP26.

The event asked what would happen if future generations could speak in Parliament.

The Meadows pupils were among 650 British children – aged between seven and 11 – to match the number of MPs who sit in the House of Commons.

Charlie, from Meadows, appeared in the live event and his peers helped him prepare by thinking about a range of issues surrounding Climate Change and what they thought should be done to make the World a better place to live in.

The late Sir David Amess, tragically killed last month, was due to be MP Champion for the event.

The Children’s Parliament mirrors closely Sir David’s enthusiasm for both children and Parliamentary process and will continue as a tribute to him.

Sir David started out in politics at school at the age of 11 in mock elections at St Bonaventure’s in Forest Gate in 1964 and 1966.

He always said the earlier young people became involved in politics the better.

David Davis MP (former shadow Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) answered questions live on the debate and Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave an introduction.

The 90-minute Microsoft Teams virtual ‘parliamentary’ session was held in a British House of Commons-style virtual ‘chamber’ with half of the children aged from seven to 11 years of age representing the opposition and half the Government.

The key topics of debate were Climate Change, but they also touched on other issues such as our Covid-19 response.

Pivotal questions pertaining to the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference were put to a vote.

The event was backed by Wakelet, Microsoft 365 and The Express.

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