“ORDER, ORDER" PARLIAMENT WEEK LAUNCHES AT KIDZANIA LONDON THIS NOVEMBER
On the 15th and 17th of November there is a unique opportunity for kids to take part in Parliament Week at KidZania London. On a pop-up ‘Parliament Square’, children can dress up in Speaker’s robes, step into the shoes of their local MP and become a decision maker for the day; vote with their voices and their feet by making decisions on the questions that matter most to them.
A diverse range of speakers will take to the KidZania stage, providing young visitors with a unique opportunity to discover more about the huge array of careers within Parliament. Hear the Speaker of the House of Commons talk about chairing debates and keeping order in the House, discover how the Collections team work to conserve the collection of historic furniture and hear how Crossbencher Peers, such as Baroness D’Souza and Lord Bilimoria, ensure their individual focuses remain at the forefront of parliamentary discussion.
There will be a series of short talks and Q&A sessions with MPs, members of the House of Lords and staff from Parliament, among other fun activities to aid children’s understanding of Parliament and democracy. Other interactive aspects will include virtual reality experience on iPads where children will be able to view pictures of a cast of historical characters talking about the Parliament days.
Preliminary schedule of speakers (subject to change)
Wednesday 15 November
12 pm Emma Traherne (Historic Furniture team)
Emma Traherne is the Collection Manager for the 11,000 items of historic furniture, clocks and silver in the Houses of Parliament. She had a real passion for the past and studied archaeology and museum studies at university. Emma worked in a number of museums before starting work in Parliament in 2015 and loves the fact that everyday working day is different.
2 pm Baroness Barker
Baroness Barker is a keen equalities champion - she is a spokesperson for the Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise and was created a Life Peer in 1999. Baroness Barker joined the Liberal Party in 1979, when she also became a member of the Union of Liberal Students, which she chaired from 1982 to 1983. She has chaired many policy working groups, including those on the Future of Social Services, Liberal Democracy, Freedom and Fairness for Women, An Age of Opportunity and The Future of the Voluntary Sector.
Friday 17 November
11 am Lord Bilimoria
Lord Bilimoria is an entrepreneur and a life peer. He is best known as one of the two founders and chairman of Cobra Beer. In 2005 Lord Bilimoria helped Parliament Week AT KIDZANIA LONDON UK to establish the Cobra Foundation, an independent charity that provides health, education and community support for young people in South Asia. The charity focuses on the provision of safe water and provides support to disaster relief efforts in the region. In 2014, Lord Bilimoria was installed as the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.
12 pm Andy Slaughter (Labour MP for Hammersmith)
Andy Slaighter had previously been MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush from 2005 to 2010 and before that, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. He is currently a Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for London, serving on the Labour Party's frontbench.
2 pm Farrah Bhatti (Public Bill Office)
Farah Bhatti - manages the team of staff that provide support to the MPs on the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee. She leads on providing advice on Parliamentary procedure and oversee the work of the team, which includes writing policy briefings, organising oral hearings with experts, and drafting Committee reports.
“Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament.”