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Young people and their involvement in politics
One of Roberta's key interests is to help young people become interested in politics and democracy. She reguarly visits primary and secondary schools across Durham to speak to them about her role as a Member of Parliament and to encourage them to take an interest in current affairs. Schools from the constituency sometimes visit Parliament too, where they will have a tour of the Palace of Westminster and meet with Roberta to hear more about her work.
The young people Roberta meets often have very interesting views about politics, and she has decided to share some of her favourite messages from a year 7 class in Durham Johnston School here.
"It is important to understand politics by not speaking in such a posh way and shush the people who stand up behind the PM."
"I think we should make politics more interesting by putting it in story form, instead of boring arguments. They don't give you headaches and are fun to read."
"I think we should all understand politics. It could be made easier by people coming into school to explain it properly, or you could make the language less complicated so lots could understand."
"I think it is very important that people understand politics. We could make it easier by having a children's MP and tell their school about things from the MP. They could be voted for and have debates with other candidates."
"To make politics simpler you could notify every citizen of England what happens in politics and parliament. You could also have more common people in parliament to see their point of view."