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Island organisations are being invited to take part in this year’s UK Parliament Week – an annual festival that aims to engage local people with the UK Parliament.

The event, which aims to strengthen democratic links between communities and their national parliament, was well supported on the Isle of Wight last year with around 30 events – a number involving MP Bob Seely – being held.

10 organisations have already signed up to this year’s event which will run between 1st-7th November, however, Bob is keen for more organisations to get involved.

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He said:

“The idea is to explore with local groups what parliament means to them and to empower them to get involved in the decisions that affect them.

“Last year there were 29 events across the Island and our festival was rated joint 13th out of 40 constituencies who took part. I’m grateful to those organisations who got involved last year; I’d like to see us build on that this year.

“Democracy is important and requires engagement. Parliament week is a great way of getting residents – especially the young – engaged.

“Events can be both informative and entertaining. Debate is so important to democracy and I am encouraged by the amount of engagement from the Island last year particularly from schools and youth organisations.

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“Through my school visits I know that children have good ideas around how they can shape their world, so I encourage schools to sign up and show children how they can make a difference.”

Further details on how to sign up to the UK Parliament event can be found at

Organisations which took part in 2019:

Ryde School
1st Brading Scout Group
1st Carisbrooke Guides
Girl Guiding
1st Ryde Brownies
Girlguiding UK
11th Newport Brownies
Summerfields Primary School
1st Binstead Guides
3rd Ryde Rainbows
The Scouts
Arreton Primary School
1st Shanklin Rainbows
8th Ryde Rainbows
Girl Guides
1st Ryde 1st Binstead Scout Group
5th Ryde Cub Scouts
1st Sandown Rainbows
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Lake Rangers
5th Sandown Brownies
1st Lake Guides
Lucie Blackman Trust
Baby Box IW, Haylands School
3rd Ryde Girls Brigade
Lucie Blackman Trust
1st Newport (Isle of Wight) Girls’ Brigade
Holy Cross RC Primary School
Lanesend Primary School

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The biggest lie of all is that we have a democracy.


That would certainly be true if one of the opposition parties were in power. Just look at Brexit. The conservatives were the only party (apart from UKIP), who respected the referendum result.

mr justice

I would like to help them but I’m only available on the 5th of November.


Children have good ideas about what should be done sure, but all they will learn is how they are ignored. Just like people of voting age. Waste of money and time Bob.


What a total waste of time this is as far as i’m concerned, but then i’m not young and impressionable anymore.
Will all these events only have Mp’s from the Tory party or their representatives?
This could be so one sided.


Get involved in parliament when all we see at the moment is ministers and advisers breaking lock down rules ! Lies front government trying to hide there incompetence. I’m not sure that is a good thing for young people to see!!


Will he be holding a bbq for his constituents

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