Year 11 student and Warrington Member of Youth Parliament Rose Warburton was extremely pleased to be selected to represent Warrington and the North West at the Youth Parliament annual sitting on the 14th November.
Rose, who was elected as the Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in June this year submitted her entry for consideration to speak at the House of Commons whilst on holiday in Rhodes. There are over 100 Members of Youth Parliament in the North West, so when Rose was notified that she had been selected to represent the region she was over the moon.
On the day Rose set her alarm for a 5.30am start to ensure she was on her 7.00am train from Bank Quay station to London, accompanied by her chaperone for the day Ian Probert from IMPACT.
Following the 2 hour train journey down to London Rose took breakfast in Westminster Hall before being kitted out with her Youth Parliament badge, House of Commons lanyard and visitors pass.
Prior to being led into the chamber Rose and her fellow MYP’s were introduced to Rt. Honourable John Bercow (Speaker) and Leader of the House and MP William Hague and Chair of the Back Bench Business Committee Natacsha Engel MP.
Rose was seated on the front bench, very close to the speaker for the debate in the chamber at the House of Commons. At 29 minutes and 56 seconds into the debate Rose was invited up to speak at the dispatch box, where Labour leader Ed Miliband usually takes the stand.
The event can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04ph3sl/uk-youth-parliament-debates-2014-14112014
Rose had prepared a speech on World War One to commemorate the centenary year, she was the only speaker to run through her speech without the aid of notes as she had practiced it many, many times.
Of her experience Rose said “It was an honour to go to the House of Commons and represent so many young people from Warrington and the North West. It was important to me to deliver the World War One speech to make sure we don’t forget the people that fought for us in World War One.”
Rose described her visit to the House of Commons as the hi-light of her time as Warrington MYP so far. As ever Rose was keen to thank her parents, teachers at Beamont Collegiate Academy, her school friends and her colleagues from Local Youth Council – IMPACT for their continued support.
Upon completion of her studies at Beamont Collegiate Academy next year, Rose, who is aiming for top marks across the board in her upcoming GCSEs does not, in fact, have her sights set on a career in politics, but in actual fact is looking forward to following a career in medicine, more specifically as a Paediatrician. However there is a link between the role Rose is fulfilling now and her intended career in medicine as Rose’s main objective is consistently that of wanting to help people in any way possible. Rose intends to attend the UTC Liverpool from September to study Life Sciences.
Rose will now focus on the issues voted as the important to the young people of Warrington which increasing the living wage to £7.55 and mental health awareness. Rose said “Going forward I will be campaigning to raise awareness of mental health issues and the living wage. I can’t wait to meet new people and discover their views on national campaigns, whilst not forgetting my education.”
The staff at Beamont Collegiate Academy are extremely proud of Rose for all of her achievements to date and will continue to support her in her role as Member of Youth Parliament for Warrington. A spokesperson from the school said “What Rose has achieved is extraordinary, she is a great ambassador for not only our students at Beamont Collegiate Academy, but for young people across Warrington and beyond.”