UK Parliament Week 2017


Our Parliament is known as the 'Mother of all Parliaments,' and with its origins dating back to 1016, it is certainly one of the most historic parts of London. 

I've been fortunate to work in Parliament and have experienced the hallowed halls and glorious architecture in all their splendour. You are conscious that you are walking in the footsteps of history whilst playing a part in shaping the future. You'll spot a familiar face (or two) whilst getting a coffee, and form your opinions whilst listening to debates in the chamber. You'll understand how hard parliamentary staffers work and the roles of the thousands of staff who help to keep the parliamentary estate ticking over. You'll realise the tremendous job the police and security staff do in keeping us safe- and their role in ensuring democracy is accessible for us all. And importantly, you'll realise how lucky we are to have a Parliament that is steeped in history and is open for us to experience. 

Working to improve the digital literacy and imagination of MPs last year was a fantastic experience, and one which demonstrated positive change in a short space of time. For me, the project has given birth to other amazing opportunities, and I am now fortunate to be continuing that work with politicians both in Westminster and in Wales. 

UK Parliament Week is a great initiative to raise awareness of the work of Parliament and our elected representatives. Learning about the democratic system and voting were some of my favourite PSE lessons in school, and I only wish I had had the opportunity to learn more and even visit Parliament as part of a school trip. These experiences are now available for students across the UK and if you're in high school and reading this - hassle your teacher to take your class to Westminster! 

Whilst much has been made (and continues to be made) of the reputation of Parliament in the press, it is my firm belief that we be much less richer without our great democracy and the Palace that sits on the River Thames. 

Find out more about UK Parliament Week by visiting the Parliament website or the @YourUKParl Twitter feed.

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