Basingstoke MP urges youngsters to enter contest

Basingstoke Gazette: MP Maria Miller MP Maria Miller

BASINGSTOKE MP Maria Miller is encouraging young people in schools around the borough to engage in the democratic process by entering a parliamentary-run film competition.

“Lights, Camera, Parliament!” is run by Parliament Education Service for anyone aged seven to 16, and it invites entrants to tell Parliament what new law they would introduce in the UK.

The competition is in its fifth year, and participants are required to put together a three-minute film, 200 to 500 word script, or five to 10 frame storyboard.

Last year saw fierce competition with film ideas suggesting a law to force bicycle users to wear helmets and another about lowering the voting age to 16.

Mrs Miller, who is also Culture Secretary, said: “Lights, Camera, Parliament!” is a really exciting and creative way for young people to learn about Parliament and how laws are made. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and also to speak out about the issues that matter to them.”

She added: “I will look forward to seeing what ideas come forward from Basingstoke’s young people.”

The 2014 competition has just launched with entry open from January 6 to February 14, 2014. Winners will be invited to an awards day, including a tour of Parliament, an opportunity to speak to MPs about their proposed law, and a showcasing event. For more details, and to view last year’s winners, visit


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