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Simon Reevell MP urges young people to record a film telling Parliament what law they would make

Posted by Simon Reevell, MP for Dewsbury, at 12:40, Mon 6 February 2012:

Simon Reevell, the Member of Parliament for Dewsbury, is encouraging young people to enter Lights, Camera, Parliament! Organised by Parliament’s Education Service, the competition invites young people aged between 11 and 16 to make a three minute film telling Parliament what law they would make.

Films can be recorded on any device, including a mobile phone or flip camera. Photos can also be used and made into a rolling film using Movie Maker or Photostory which can be downloaded for free. More information, including films submitted last year, can be viewed at www.radiowaves.co.uk/lcp.

Previous entrants have proposed a wide range of legislation including banning size zero models and raising the minimum age of armed forces entry to 21. Students can choose any issue for their law, whether local, national or international. The six finalists will be invited into Parliament to present their ideas to a judging panel of MPs, Peers and industry professionals.

Finalists will also have their films screened as part of the Cultural Olympiad project, Arts in Parliament, in Westminster Hall this summer. Winning teams are supported in their future projects by receiving film making equipment and a visit to Pinewood Studios.

Simon said, “This is a great way for young people to have fun, think about laws in our country and gain valuable skills. I always enjoy visiting local schools to answer the questions young people have about my work as an MP, the Government and how Parliament works. This competition gives them the opportunity to speak up about the issues that interest them.”

The closing date for entrants is 26 March 2012 with shortlisted candidates announced in May. Find out more at www.parliament.uk/lightscameraparliament. A resource pack is available at http://www.parliament.uk/education-resources/Lights,%20Camera,%20Parliament!/lights-camera-parliament-resources.pdf.