11th October 2000

 

JUAN FUELS YOUTH DEBATE

 

The world of politics is beckoning to a management student who will represent his home country at the millennium Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Manchester next month.

 

Juan Watterson, from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, hails from the Isle of Man where he is a youth member of the House of Keys, the country’s equivalent of the Houses of Parliament.

 

The 20-year-old was nominated after applying to the Isle of Man’s government Tynwald, and will have the chance to debate with 70 other would-be politicans from all over the Commonwealth on issues concerning young people today.

 

The Youth Parliament will be held in the mock House of Commons at Granada Studios, Manchester on 22nd and 23rd November.

 

“It’s an excellent opportunity to get involved in some real debate,” said Juan, who is in his final year at ULH. “We’ll be facing the pressure of adversarial politics and arguing in front of some very senior international politicians. When I graduate I definitely intend to become a politician back home.”

 

The Youth Parliament has been designed to demonstrate how most Commonwealth parliaments conduct their business, which is in the Westminster style of opposing sides facing each other.

 

Juan, from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man, is a youth member of the legislative council, which is known as the Upper House.

 

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Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042