The winners of the ‘Peer Factor’ competition visited the House of Lords on Monday 27 June, not to sign a recording contract, but to receive their prizes for coming top in the 2011 Lord Speaker’s competition for young people.
‘The Peer Factor: Who Would You Put in the House of Lords and Why?’ competition asked 11 to 16 year olds to think seriously about the role and purpose of the House of Lords and argue for who they think would make a valuable contribution to making laws on behalf of the UK public and checking and challenging government actions and decisions.
Representing three corners of the UK, the winners and the ‘Pupils’ Peers’ are:
1. Mary-Beth Patterson, who submitted an essay nominating former chief
executive of the Charity Commission, Andrew Hind.
2. Ten students from Class 8 Alpha, aged between 12 and 13 years old, at Bishop Challoner School in Kent, who submitted a short film nominating Manola Toschi-Restivo, Director of Sport at the school – or Mrs Restivo as she is known to them.
3. Anna Mammedova, who submitted an essay nominating Keith Ross, caseworker with the Welsh Refugee Council and a Green Party member and candidate in the 2010 General Election.
The Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, presented them with their winners’ certificates and £100 prizes.
All entrants to the competition are winners as all receive a signed certificate from the Lord Speaker acknowledging their contributions. And the Hansard Society, which supported the competition, is compiling all the entries to the Peer Factor competition into a report.
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‘Peer Factor?’ competition winning entries
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