Student speaks out in House of Lords debate

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School pupil Kavita Sharma debates decision making in a digital society at the House of Lords
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School pupil Kavita Sharma debates decision making in a digital society at the House of Lords
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A Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School student said she got ‘such a buzz’ speaking in a debate on democracy at the House of Lords.

Kavita Sharma, 17, is a member of Youth Parliament for Buckinghamshire and was invited to speak about democracy in a digital age in front of other young people and politicians.

In her speech, the teenager said: “There is this idea that young people aren’t interested in politics because political participation within parties has reduced, but this is completely wrong.

“Young people are interested through online mediums; joining pressure groups online, joining e-petitions – there are so many ways they’re involved.

“With some e-petitions, if it gets enough signatures members debate it inside Parliament – so what if we had more mediums like this that would force representatives to listen to people?

“The digital mediums are great ones to introduce to the older generation.

“There’s the argument that they cannot use these mediums or they are not so good at it, but why are we not going out there and helping them?

“There are some people that cannot get to the polling stations, so why don’t we bring democracy to them in their homes?”

Kavita, who plans to study law at university next year, was met with a round of applause in the chamber following her speech and said her parents were ‘very proud’ of her, with some family members watching the debate live on BBC Politics.

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar headteacher Stephen Box said: “We are proud of the role that Kavita has played as a member of the UK Youth Parliament and having taken the opportunity to be part of a debate in the House of Lords.

“Kavita is also an ambassador for Model Westminster and works with the British Youth Council, on top of studying History, Economics and Politics at A level.

“She is aiming to study law at university next year and we are confident she will do well. Debating in the House of lords will have been excellent preparation for her.”