The AS Government and Politics class from St John’s Senior School, based in Enfield, Potters Bar, were selected to attend a prestigious debate at the House of Lords on November 28th, 2014.
Students sit on the famous red benches
The debate involved around 240 participants from across the United Kingdom, coming together to have their say on democracy in a digital age.
It’s only the third such intergenerational debate to be held in the House of Lords Chamber and the only opportunity some of us will ever get to sit on those famous red benches.
Students meet the Lord Speaker
Upon our arrival at the Houses of Parliament we received a tour, lunch and a briefing on the rules of the debate which was to be chaired by the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza.
The debate was lively and engaging and the vote at the end was firmly in favour of including more expert advice in the decision making process via online conferences and community consultation.
Debate televised live
The debate was televised live on the BBC Parliament channel and footage of the debate can also be found on the House of Lords’ dedicated YouTube channel.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the Politics students to gain a glimpse into the type of debates that take place in Parliament as well as being able to supplement their knowledge of the topic of democracy.