Young People's Question Time 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Young People's Question Time 2013
18:30, Monday 18th November
Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, London, SW1A 2LW
As a young person, what do you think about the state of politics in Britain? Do you feel you are listened to by the individuals that represent you in Parliament? How have policies announced and enacted over the past year affected you and the people around you? How would you steer the country on issues like the economy, Europe, education and immigration? If you feel strongly about any or all of these questions, then Young People's Question Time 2013 is the place for you. It is a chance to be heard by the decision makers at the centre of British politics - our elected representatives - who shape the issues that impact our everyday lives.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy - Anchor, Channel 4 News
With nearly 25 years' broadcasting experience at the BBC and Channel 4, Krishnan has reported on some of the defining moments of the past two decades at home and across the globe, from conflict zones to general elections. Krishnan began his career as a presenter for BBC's Newsround before becoming one of the first BBC News 24 presenters. He moved to Channel 4 in 1998 and is an anchor for the evening news and presenter on a wide range of programmes.
Nadhim Zahawi MP - Conservative
Born in Bagdhad, raised in East Sussex, with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and long line of successful businesses behind him, Nadhim certainly hasn't taken the traditional route into Westminster politics. In 2000 he co-founded the famous polling company YouGov and after building it into a formidable voice in the world of public opinion forecasting Nadhim was labelled 'Ernst and Young entrepreneur of the year' in 2008. He was elected to the safe seat of Stratford-on-Avon in 2010, quickly earned a place on the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee, and is tipped for a senior cabinet position in the not too distant future.
Natascha Engel MP - Labour
A multi-linguist and former journalist, Natascha began her career as a translator for ITV and Channel 5, before entering politics through the trade union movement as a graduate of the Trade Union Council’s Organising Academy. Elected to Parliament in 2005, Natascha was private secretary to a number of Labour government ministers and since 2010 has been Chair of the Backbench Business Committee. Natascha has campaigned vigorously for the manufacturing industry and skills training, and is a strong advocate of getting more young people interested and involved in politics, which won her an ePolitix award for her work advancing this aim.
Dr Julian Huppert MP - Liberal Democrat
Julian is the only professional scientist in the House of Commons and is an ardent campaigner for greater scientific understanding and representation within politics. Growing up and studying in Cambridge, Julian obtained his PhD in biological chemistry before becoming a research scientist for the Wellcome Trust and the Unilever Centre for Molecular Science. He was elected MP for his home town Cambridge in 2010 and shortly after landed membership of the hotly contested Home Affairs Select Committee. An avid cyclist, Julian also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling. He is strongly opposed to university tuition fees, is anti nuclear proliferation and armament, and is an outspoken advocate of reducing homelessness among ex-service men and women.
Professor Baroness Young OBE - Crossbench
Baroness Young is an independent, or 'crossbench', Member of the House of Lords, meaning she doesn't represent any of the political parties. Appointed Baroness Young of Hornsey in the London Borough of Haringey in 2004 as an expert on culture and the arts, particularly the visual arts, she has made a prolific contribution to a vast array of debates from art and fashion to mental health and young people in care. Baroness Young has also been a member of numerous Lords select committees, including the European Union committee and the tempestuous House of Lords Reform Bill committee. Outside of Parliament, she has been a professional actress, is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, an author and a campaigner for ethical fashion.
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