Young politicians at Commons

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YOUNG parliamentarians were today taking over the famous green leather benches of the House of Commons.

More than 300 members of the Scottish and UK Youth Parliaments, including 16-year-old Edinburgh student Terri Miller, were meeting at Westminster to debate topics from public transport to bullying.

Terri, a first-year student at Stevenson College who is in her second term as MSYP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, said: “I’m really excited about taking part in the House of Commons event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise the voices of young people that doesn’t come around very often, especially for people from my area. I’m looking forward to representing the young people of Leith in the heart of London.”

Over 60,000 young people across the UK took part in an online poll to decide the issues for debate. Topics will include public transport for young people, a graduate tax in place of tuition fees, and zero tolerance towards bullying in schools.