Parliament challenges us to “Do Democracy”

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From 14 – 20 November, more than 100 events will take place nationwide as part of Parliament Week 2014. With the aim of connecting the public with Parliament and democracy, this year’s Parliament Week has a special focus on young people and political engagement.

Parliament Week 2014 will also be launching the “Do Democracy” social media campaign, encouraging young people to share issues important to them under the hashtag #DoDemocracy. The campaign will run on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and will feature a number of live Twitter Q&As with Parliamentarians during the week.

The programme includes more than 100 activities around the UK, each designed to spark thought and discussion about politics and democracy, and to look at how Parliament affects people’s lives. Over 300 external partners, including charities, schools, museums and community groups, are joining with Parliament to host events and online activities demonstrating how people can engage with different aspects of democracy in the UK.

Up-to-date listings are available at with the full programme of activities being added to in the run up to Parliament Week. Events and resources include:

  • What Matters to Young People at the 2015 General Election?, Wednesday 19 November (2pm-4pm), Derby Cathedral
    The event is for invited sixth form colleges in Derby and Derbyshire to participate in a debate about the 2015 general election then followed by a Question Time panel Q&A with invited guests.
  • What’s Good About Being A Girl?, Tuesday 18 November (10am-3pm), The Bulwell Academy, Nottingham
    Interschool and Intergenerational seminar open to students from schools and colleges, both female and male will seek to answer the question ‘What’s Good About Being a Girl?’, in terms of the global situation and life in the UK.
  • Parliament Outreach Day, Monday 17 November (9am-3pm), Minerva Building, Lincoln
    Schools from Lincolnshire (students aged 16 or above) will be invited to take part in a day of activity aimed at raising engagement in politics. With the 800 anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, the University will focus the activity around the evolution of democracy in England. Three interactive seminars will be delivered by leading academics from History, Law and the Political Sciences.

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