Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, will join students from North Durham and City of Durham at an event run by the Parliamentary Education Service, on Friday 27 January.

The event, which will take place at the Durham County Cricket Ground, will aim to develop the student’s debating skills, and highlight techniques to make effective arguments in Parliament. The highlight of the day will be a debate on a motion to increase the legal driving age to 21, during which Mr. Jones will assume the role of ‘Mr. Speaker.’ Those taking part have already been advised of their roles on the Government and Opposition benches.

After the debate, Mr. Jones will be joined by Roberta Blackman-Woods, Member of Parliament for City of Durham, for a question and answer session where students will be able to find out more about the work of Parliament and its members.

Mr. Jones said, “I am very pleased that the Education Service are running this event in my constituency, as it is vital that Parliament does all it can to educate young people about our democratic process. I am sure that the debating skills they will pick will also stand them in good stead in the future.

“I am very much looking forward to what promises to be a lively debate, and am impressed with the attention to detail in the organisation of the event, including the production of an authentic ‘Order Paper’ for the timings of the debate.”