Later this month, the annual festival to celebrate and promote Parliament is being held for the 8thyear running.
UK Parliament Week is aimed at encouraging people, especially the young, to engage and explore what Parliament means to them and to empower them to get involved.
Throughout the week of November 12th -18th, there will be events and activities going on throughout the UK. In Dartford, primary schools, scout and girl guide groups are hosting a variety of events and there are a wide range of resources available online for any groups who are planning to get involved.
This could be a debate or a quiz, anything which teaches people about Parliament. Around 10,000 UK Parliament Week Kits, which include activities, a ballot box, bunting and posters, have been made available for anyone registering an event or activity and it is not too late to get one.
This year has been particularly special in Parliament with all the celebrations marking the centenary of the first women being given the vote. This year’s Parliament Week is part of the Vote 100 programme and there are lots of interesting resources about the struggle for equal suffrage on the website.
Whatever group or organisation you belong to, from primary and secondary schools to uniformed organisations, faith organisations or community groups, there is something for everyone in UK Parliament Week. For more details and to register for your free UK Parliament Week partner kit, visit www.ukparliamentweek.org.
Since I became the MP for Dartford, I have visited schools throughout the constituency and when I am there I am always quizzed by children of all ages about how Parliament works. It is always really great to see how young people are interested in the workings of Government.
Parliament is a great place to visit and seeing the Palace of Westminster really brings the workings of Government to life, as well as being one of the country’s most beautiful historical sites. I would encourage everyone to visit at least once in their life. If you would like to organise a visit to the Houses of Parliament, please contact my office for more details.