During Parliament Week 2017, we ran two ‘parliamentary insights’ events. These were aimed at inspiring students to think about the role of Parliament in national life.
Our first speaker was Hugo Sugg, who was homeless as a teenager but stood for Parliament in the 2016 election and leads the #HugosEarthquake campaign that seeks to make positive change for homeless people. Our second speaker was Kate Willoughby who leads the #emilymatters campaign that aims to inspire women and young people to have their voices heard through art and creativity.
Parliament Week is an excellent opportunity to get more students thinking about the ways in which they can affect decisions made by Parliament. We complemented these events with a visit from Sky Yarlett who spoke about how students can get involved with parliamentary processes such as Select Committees. Our members said that they felt inspired by the guest speakers and their personal journeys. Many have also said that they now feel inspired and sufficiently confident to become more involved with the UK Parliament and democracy in the future.