Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, hosted an evening for first time
    voters at the House of Commons yesterday evening. He fielded questions on a
    range of issues for an hour and a half from an audience of over sixty young
    people. Afterwards, Mr. Lilley invited them up to the gallery in the House
    of Commons to hear the closing stages of a debate on the crisis in care

    Peter Lilley said:

    “I am glad that so many young people from Hitchin and Harpenden attended
    yesterday evening‘s event. It is extremely important that Members of
    Parliament ensure that the interests and views of first time voters are not
    ignored – especially as so few participated in last year‘s general election.

    “The breadth of issues and keen sense of awareness that they displayed in
    the question and answer session did not surprise me. In an hour and a half
    we covered many aspects of higher education – including the vexed question
    of student loans as well as the law on cannabis, identity cards and many
    other topical issues.

    “I hope that yesterday evening‘s event provided a stimulating introduction
    to the way our democratic institutions operate. It certainly proved to be
    an effective forum for young people in my constituency to express their
    views and a useful exercise for me as their Member of Parliament.”