Steve McCabe MP encourages young people to get involved in Politics

Steve McCabe MP is encouraging local secondary schools to get their pupils involved in a national debate to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Steve is encouraging young people in his constituency to share their views on whether the UK needs a written constitution and is asking what they think about current democratic arrangements. As we approach the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Parliament is launching a national consultation on whether the UK needs a new Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is recognised as the first document in Britain that agreed in writing to safeguard the rights, privileges and liberty of people and is still cited today. Ideas of freedom, democracy and the rule of law are all essential features of the Magna Carta.

Parliament’s Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee is keen to hear the views of young people which is why Steve has asked local secondary schools in his constituency to put their pupils forward for the country wide debate. The Select Committee’s report “A New Magna Carta?” outlines the case for and against a written constitution, the full text is available at www.parliament.uk/pcrc-constitution and the public consultation will close on 1 January 2015.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It’s really important that young people feel a part of decisions made about the future our political system. There has been much talk about how disengaged young people are with politics which is why I think that this national debate presents a fantastic opportunity to get young people involved in and excited about politics.”

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