Yesterday I had the great pleasure to be one of the judges for Peter Lilley MP, for his annual Hitchin & Harpenden Schools Debate, which was held in two Commons committee rooms. The standard of debate by all schools was extraordinary. The overall winner of the event was St George’s School.
After the debating competition Peter, took a number of us to the Commons and then another special treat from Laura (Peter’s Research Assistant) showed a two of us around the Commons Chapel.
It was quite a day and very enjoyable except maybe the Victoria tube issues making it difficult to get to the Commons in good time.
As a nation, after a long and had flight, it has been less than 100 years (February 1918) that all men over 21 and women aged 30 gained the vote. It was not until 1969 that all men and women could vote at 18. See for an interesting history of the vote…