Wisdom of Solomon shines in youth parliament debate

Solomon Curtis in the House of Commons during a youth parliament debate
Solomon Curtis in the House of Commons during a youth parliament debate

A TEENAGER stood up in the House of Commons chamber and debated five key issues affecting young people.

Solomon Curtis, who lives in Norman Road, St Leonards was invited by Mr Speaker, the Right Hon John Bercow MP, to talk during a UK Youth Parliament debate.

The 15-year-old was one of just five young members from the South East region invited to address the chamber on November 23.

Five issues were debated all chosen by 250,000 votes from young people across the country.

They were: make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all, getting ready for work, marriage for all, an equal minimum wage for all and a curriculum to better prepare young people for life.

Solomon said: “It was extremely competitive to try and be selected for the debate. But I was delighted to be invited by Mr Speaker after trying for more than two hours.

“I had hoped to speak on a curriculum for all but instead spoke on an equal minimum wage as I was selected for this topic.”