Portsmouth students urged to get political in debate to mark Parliament Week

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STUDENTS are being invited to take part in their very own version of Question Time.

Places are still available at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is supporting Parliament Week this November, with a series of free workshops.

Parliament Week 2012 runs all next week and allows young people to find out more about their parliamentary democracy and how they can take part in it.

The national initiative is co-ordinated by the House of Commons and the House of Lords and aims to raise awareness of democracy and democratic institutions in the UK.

Next Friday students are being invited to the dockyard for a series of workshops and a Question Time-style debate in the afternoon.

There will be a panel including council leader, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, among others.

A young audience of around 250 young people will question members of the panel on a range of local and international issues.

The debate will take place in the auditorium of Action Stations at 2pm and will last around 40 minutes.

Schools wishing to take part should call Phil Wright on 02392 893316 or email learning@pnbpt.com.