Barbara showed her support for new initiatives to get young people involved in politics by attending the launch in Westminster of a computer game on the Parliament website that lets children try out being an 'MP for a week'.
Aimed at 11-14 year olds, the browser game gives young people an insight into a week in the life of a modern backbench MP. Players can vote, attend debates and committees and deliver speeches on national issues. They can also focus on local issues by meeting with constituents and answering notes from them.
“The computer game ‘MP for a Week’ helps to give young people an understanding of how Parliament works in a new and innovative way, using footage of the House of Commons Chamber and interviews with current MPs.
“As Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, I support initiatives like this one that will help young people understand politics and the role of a Member of Parliament. We recently had a televised debate from the Commons Chamber with the UK Youth Parliament. That debate and this game will both help our Parliament to reach out to young people and help them explore and understand our democracy.
“I hope that many young people at schools in Worsley and throughout Salford try out this educational game and I will encourage them to do so.”
‘MP for a Week’ can be found at: