Published: Tuesday, 13th November 2018
Sururat Ibrahim, Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Greenwich and a student at Plumstead Manor secondary school, addressed the House of Commons on Friday 9 November 2018.
Sururat, was one of ten young people - and the only young person in London - selected to speak at this year's UK Youth Parliament to commemorate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) was passed and gave the vote to some women and all men.
'I felt tremendously honoured'
Describing her experience, Sururat said: "I felt tremendously honoured to speak on the behalf of young people in the House of Commons. I know that the young people of Greenwich can feel under-represented and to be able to voice their opinions on a national scale was an eye-opening experience for me.
"Young people deserve to have their opinions and voices heard and considered. And, as cheesy as it sounds young people are our future and our hope for tomorrow, we need to put our trust into them. I hope to have represented the under-represented in the House of Commons in the UK Youth Parliament annual sitting."
Sururat Ibrahim MYP (fifth from left) at UK Youth Parliament's tenth House of Commons debate.
'Sururat is a future young leader to watch out for'
Councillor David Gardner, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools, said: "Sururat is a future young leader to watch out for. I am extremely proud that we have such a promising group of young politicians coming up through the ranks that are passionate about making young people's voices heard."
5,300 young people voted in the borough
In addition to marking the 1918 Representation of the People Act, over 250 Members of Youth Parliament also discussed knife crime, mental health, equal pay for equal work, tackling homelessness and votes at 16. Topics were selected through the annual Make Your Mark campaign. This was the UK's largest ever ballot of young people, with over 1.1 million young people aged 11 to 18 voting. In the Royal Borough of Greenwich alone 5,300 young people voted achieving the Borough's highest ever turn out.