Wolverhampton's Youth MPs spoke passionately about work experience for young people during a special debate at the House of Commons on Friday (15 November, 2013).

Stacey Atim Uma and Elizabeth Williams were given the opportunity to speak during a discussion about the need for better work experience in schools - one of a series of debates being held as hundreds of members of the UK Youth Parliament took over the House as part of the Parliament Week event.

More than 330 members of the UK Youth Parliament experienced the famous green benches of the House of Commons Chamber and had the opportunity to debate the issues that matter the most to young people during the event, which was broadcast on the BBC Parliament channel.

Stacey, 17, said: "It was great honour to have spoken in such a historic chamber, and I am very proud to have represented the young people in Wolverhampton who elected me."

Elizabeth, 12, added: "I can't believe both Youth MPs from Wolverhampton got the opportunity to speak. I personally would like to thank Wolverhampton City Council's Youth Service staff for their support in supporting me to achieve this amazing moment in my life."

Councillor Val Gibson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "I'd like to congratulate Stacey and Elizabeth on speaking so passionately about a topic which is of great importance to young people.

"Our Youth MPs do a tremendous job on behalf of Wolverhampton's young people - and this is another example of Stacey and Elizabeth's dedication to the role."

A total of 478,000 young people across the UK took part in a Make Your Mark Ballot to decide which issues were debated.

  • released: Wednesday 20 November, 2013