Roberta at a local school with the Parliamentary Education Service
Roberta at a local school with the Parliamentary Education Service

This year, UK Parliament Week runs from 12 – 18 November, and Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham, has today welcomed the increased number of visits to the constituency from the Houses of Parliament Education Service, which aims to empower young people and adults from different backgrounds and communities to get involved with the UK Parliament.

UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival organised by the Houses of Parliament Education Service, and a number of schools and other organisations in the constituency have organised events this week to help ensure that people understand the importance of playing their part in our thriving democracy.

This festival is also part of the UK Parliament’s Vote 100 programme, celebrating equal voting rights and other milestones in the UK’s democratic history, and in the 2017 General Election a record high of 32% of elected MPs were women.

Other centenaries coming up this year include the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act which gave women over 21 the right to stand for election as an MP (21 November) and the 1918 General Election when women over 30 and all men over 21 voted for the first time (14 December).

Roberta said:

As the MP for the City of Durham Constituency, I am determined to ensure that young people in the constituency understand how vital their participation is in our democracy, so I am really pleased to see a number of schools and local groups taking part.

UK Parliament Week is organised by the Houses of Parliament as part of its Education and Engagement Service, and my thanks go to everyone at the Education Service for the important job they do in encouraging democratic engagement in our communities.

I would encourage everyone to get involved in any activities taking place in their community to highlight the importance of having a say in the democratic process, especially as this year we celebrate the centenary of some women gaining the right to vote.”

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