Bishop's Stortford primary school pupil joins Children's Parliament
A pupil at a Bishop's Stortford primary school was one of 270 youngsters who took part in the world’s first virtual Children’s Parliament.
Willow Hyatt, who is in Year 5 at St Michael's C of E, joined the event, for seven- to 11-year-olds, just before international leaders gathered in Glasgow for the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Rachel Griffiths, head of the Apton Road school, said: “The late Sir David Amess, who was so tragically killed, was due to be MP champion for the event. The Children’s Parliament mirrored closely Sir David’s enthusiasm for both children and parliamentary process and will continue as a tribute to him.”
Southend Conservative Sir David began his own political career in 1964 aged 11, when he stood in school mock elections in Forest Gate, London, and said: “In my opinion, the earlier young people get involved in politics the better.”
The Children’s Parliament focused on climate change solutions, with Tory MP David Davis, the former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and shadow Home Secretary, answering questions live.
Willow said: “I learnt lots of new things that I could use to hopefully change the world and had the chance to vote on important topics ahead of COP26.”