12 NOV 2018

Suffolk MP Celebrates 100 Years of Equal Voting Rights as part of UK Parliament Week

As we mark 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote, Dr Dan Poulter is inviting everyone in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to get involved in UK Parliament Week and play a part in our thriving democracy.

In preparation for UK Parliament Week, Dr Dan visited a number of schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, where he was delighted to meet so many young people, many of whom were school council representatives.

School councils are an excellent way for children to learn about democracy at a very early age and it gives them a voice within their school community. They are a great platform for students to gain further confidence in public speaking, putting forward the views of their fellow students and making the case for their suggestions; these could be anything from fundraising for new playground equipment, suggesting a change to the school uniform or even initiatives to look out for each other and prevent bullying.

Speaking about UK Parliament week, Dr Dan "I was delighted to visit a number of schools in celebration of UK Parliament Week 2018. What has really impressed me is the enthusiasm, passion and professionalism which the children and young people bring to their role on the school council. This for me demonstrates the level of interest and engagement our young people feel with our democracy and while many may feel that people are perhaps becoming disengaged with politics, the opposite certainly seems to be ringing true in our younger generations here in Suffolk."

"I am determined to ensure that our voters and citizens of tomorrow understand just how important their participation is in our democracy. With 2018 celebrating one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history, I was especially pleased to see so many young women stepping forward and having their say on democracy and I'm sure that many of them may well be budding politicians of the future."

To find out more, visit www.ukparliamentweek.org

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