Scilly’s MYP Attending Debate In Parliament

Scilly's Youth Parliament Members Zoe Jenkins (left) and Inca Reynolds

Scilly’s Youth Parliament Members Zoe Jenkins (left) and Inca Reynolds

Scilly’s Member of the Youth Parliament will take part in a debate in the House of Commons today.

15-year-old Zoe Jenkins will be allowed to sit on the famous green benches, reserved for parliamentarians only.

She’ll join 300 other MYPs, elected by their peers, to discuss a range of issues including the living wage, exam re-sits in Maths and English, better work experience and careers advice, and improving mental health services.

Commons speaker John Bercow will decide who gets the floor. No MYP from Scilly has been picked to speak during the previous six visits to Parliament.

Zoe says she’s not planning to speak but may decide to if she feels there’s something she wants to say during the debate.

If Zoe does address the house, she’ll argue for votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all elections.

She’s says she’s been convinced that the age should be lowered following the Scottish referendum experience and feels that a lot of 16-year-olds are ready to vote.

Zoe says she’s enjoyed representing the views of younger islanders but she doesn’t want a career in politics – she’d rather pursue a medical career.

The debates, which start at 11am, will be streamed live on the Parliamentary website.

At the close of debates, MYPs will vote to decide which of the topics will become the focus of their 2015 national campaign.

Zoe has one of the longest trips in order to participate. She left St Mary’s yesterday afternoon accompanied by Council Officer Helen McGuinness and she won’t be home until Saturday morning.