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MP welcomes Parliament Week events


By Rachael Glennie

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Richard Thomson, SNP MP for Gordon, has welcomed local events which have been organised in Gordon as part of the 10th UK Parliament Week.

The annual week-long festival takes place from November 1 and aims to help people to engage with and build understanding about what the UK parliament does, and to empower people to get involved in the political process.

Community groups, local organisations and schools in Gordon are now being invited to sign up to host an activity during the week to help people who might not usually engage with politics to join the conversation about why what the UK Parliament does and how it does it is important to the lives of everyone.

Mr Thomson said: “This year marks ten years of UK Parliament Week.

"Last year, 18 ‘Parliament Week’ events took place in Gordon, giving people a chance to engage with how the political and parliamentary process affects each of us in our daily lives.

“Despite the current difficulties, it’s been really encouraging to see events being organised aimed specifically at younger people in the area, but it would be great to have more.

“With the pandemic restrictions easing, all activities arranged should be flexible to allow for social distancing or virtual alternatives in case regulations are still in place.

" Regardless, I’m certain it will be an interesting and educational week and of course, my office and I are ready to help with events in any way that we can.”

More than 1.2 million people took part in last year’s events.

Those who sign up for this year will be sent a free kit packed with resources, including a booklet, bunting, a ballot box, poster, stickers and more.

David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, said: “There are many exciting activities taking place for this year’s UK Parliament Week, including those happening in Gordon.

"Organisations, local community groups and schools have a chance to get empowered and have their say on issues they care about the most. Change starts with you and UK Parliament Week is a great way to learn how you can make a difference.”

To sign up to UK Parliament Week visit www.ukparliamentweek.org/en/sign-up



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