Youngsters debate in House of Lords

A group of young people have taken part in a prestigious debate in the House of Lords.

The seven teenagers, all members of North Tyneside’s Youth Council, had their say on the topic of democracy in a digital age.

Two of the young people, Reece Dungey and Darryl Hall, were selected as individual speakers while the rest of the group took part in the debate from the galleries.

The debate was an intergenerational event involving 240 participants of all ages from across the country, focusing on the important question ‘Parliament 2.0: In a digital society, is politics for politicians or is everyone a decision maker?’.

Reece, 17, from North Shields, debated the issue ‘We should include more expert advice via online conferences and/or community consultation’.

While 16-year-old Darryl Hall, from Monkseaton, spoke from the floor of the House, defending the perspective ‘We should leave politics to our representatives’ .

The North Tyneside group were selected to participate after taking part in a regional ‘Talking Day’ at Northumbria University in October, facilitated by the English Speaking Union alongside members of the University of the Third Age.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “These young people are great ambassadors for North Tyneside. They are all extremely eloquent and very capable of taking part in this important intergenerational debate in the House of Lords.”