Citizenship - Now listen here, Gordon

26th June 2009 at 01:00
Pupils can tell Prime Minister Gordon Brown their views through an online forum.

HeadsUp, the Hansard Society's web forum for under-18s to debate political issues with various legislators and policy-makers, has put citizenship up for discussion.

The forum has so far been looking at issues such as whether older people look down on the young, how people want to get involved in their community, and what pupils think of citizenship education in their school.

Those involved include paralympic athlete Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson; Natascha Engel MP (chairwoman of the all-party youth affairs group); Theresa May MP (Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for work and pensions and Shadow Minister for Women); Karen Whitefield MSP (Labour spokeswoman for children and young people in the Scottish Parliament); and Jon Tonge (chairman of the Youth Citizenship Commission). The YCC will report the findings directly to the Prime Minister on June 26. Forum users will then respond to the report's recommendations, and the three-week debate will continue until July 3.


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