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In west Sussex, members of the county's Youth Parliament, council cabinet and MPs will be involved in a range of ac...
In west Sussex, members of the county's Youth Parliament, council cabinet and MPs will be involved in a range of activities at County Hall, Chichester on Friday:

  • Intergenerational Weakest Link - Two home- grown Anne Robinsons (youth and adult) will put the contestants through their paces. These include Tim Loughton MP, council leader Henry Smith, youth cabinet co-ordinator Pandora Ellis, councillors and young people.

  • The Big Democracy Debate - Members of the Youth Parliament and councillors will debate the motion: 'Reducing the voting age to 16 will increase the proportion of young people involved in local democracy.'

  • Public Speaking Competition - Members of the council and young people will speak for two minutes on a topic of their choice and one minute on a subject 'out of the hat'.

  • Question Time - The West Sussex version of the television debating programme which will be chaired by television presenter Bruce Parker.

  • Prize Giving - Prizes will be presented by Margaret Johnson, chairman of West Sussex CC.

    The activities during the day will be broadcast live to schools using webcam technology. Plasma screens in County Hall will also carry the live broadcast.

    The audience for the day will be made up of young people, councillors, staff and the public.

    Speaking about the day Henry Smith, said: 'I'm pleased that this year's Local Democracy Week is focusing on young people's role in local decision making. It is important that their voice is heard.

    'In West Sussex the Youth Parliament plays an important role in putting forward young people's views which are certainly taken into account when making important decisions about the county's future.'


    The timetable is:

    10.00am - 11.00am The Big Democracy Debate

    11.30am - 12.30pm Public Speaking Competition

    1.15pm - ; 2.15pmIntergenerational Weakest Link

    2.15pm - 3.15pmQuestion Time

    3.15pm Prize Giving

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