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Shropshire teenager speaks in the Commons

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A Shropshire teenager spoke to hundreds of young people inside the House of Commons before meeting Labour leader Ed Miliband.

A Shropshire teenager spoke to hundreds of young people inside the House of Commons before meeting Labour leader Ed Miliband.

James Ellsmoor from Woore, near Market Drayton, said it was the 'experience of a lifetime'. He joined 330 members of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) for a debate on issues affecting young people chaired by Commons Speaker, John Bercow MP.

The 18 year old spoke against student tuition fees, one of five topics discussed during the debate which was broadcast live on the BBC's Parliament channel. Other topics focused on better public transport for young people and a zero tolerance approach to bullying in schools.

The debate, which was attended by Leader of the House, Sir George Young and Shadow Leader, Maria Eagle, was followed by a meeting with opposition leader Mr Miliband.

James said: "It was an absolutely amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity to express young people's views in the House of Commons on their behalf.

"I gave a speech on student tuition fee rises which was broadcast live on the BBC Parliament TV channel. I was shaking like a leaf, but I couldn't see that when I watched it back."

James, who is currently on a gap year after completing his A-levels this summer, was joined by fellow Shropshire Youth Parliament member, Olivia Barber from Shrewsbury.

He added: "I had a chat with John Bercow and Ed Miliband after the debate, which was pretty cool. But I was also pleased that public transport was discussed as this is a particular issue in a rural community like Shropshire."

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