Queen Elizabeth Grammar School student Jacob Reid travelled to London last week to take part in the UK Youth Parliament at Westminster. Jacob is one of just three Youth MPs from Cumbria, and is the youngest of the Cumbria delegation. Fourteen year-old Jacob was the only Cumbrian MP selected to contribute by Commons speaker John Bercow MP.
Jacob addressed the house on the issue of discrimination, describing the opportunity as the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’. Jacob spoke to more than 300 Youth MPs, and gained a special mention from Mr Rob Wilson MP (Minister for Civil Service in Mrs May’s Cabinet) in his summary statement.
The debates were televised on BBC Parliament, and can be seen on the BBC iPlayer.
Jacob travelled to London on Thursday ahead of the debate on Friday. Jacob went on to say that the whole experience had been amazing, and that just being at Westminster was an honour. When Jacob was selected to speak he described the minute or so that he was on his feet as being ‘a bit of a blur’, but that when he sat down and the applause started it was a great feeling.
QEGS are extremely proud of Jacob’s achievement in being elected, and representing Carlisle and Eden with so much enthusiasm. The opportunity to speak in the commons is not something many people get to do, especially at such a young age. Jacob spoke with passion and conviction, we are all really pleased with how well he has done.