A local boy is to take part in the World's First Virtual Children's Parliament for COP26.

Wilfred Pugh who goes to Allendale Primary School, was selected to be one of the schools to be involved in the live event. 

He will be representing the Hexham constituency but will speak for the whole of Northumberland in the debate.

Headteacher, Alison  Hawkins, said, “We are so proud to be representing Northumberland in this very important debate on an issue that children feel so passionately about. Wilfred is a strong advocate for caring about our environment and the effects of climate change; he will do Allendale and the constituency proud.”

The 90-minute Microsoft Teams virtual ‘parliamentary’ session will be held at 5pm on Friday 29th October 2021 in a British House of Commons-style virtual ‘chamber’, with half of the children aged from 7 to 11 years of age representing Her Majesty’s Opposition and half Her Majesty’s Government.

It will be on three days before the start of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change conference in Glasgow, up to 650 British children, matched to Adult MPs in the British Parliament, will be part of the world’s first virtual children's parliament for 7 - 11 year olds.

The late Sir David Amess, who was so tragically killed last week, was due to be MP Champion for the event.  The Children’s Parliament mirrors closely Sir David’s enthusiasm for both children and parliamentary process and will continue as a tribute to him.  Sir David Amess said “I started out in politics at school at the age of 11 in Mock elections at St. Bonaventure’s in Forest Gate, which took place in 1964 and 1966. In my opinion, the earlier young people get involved in politics the better.”

David Davis MP (former shadow Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) will be answering questions live on the debate and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will give an introduction. 

The key topics of debate will be Climate Change, but also touch on other issues such as our Covid-19 response. Pivotal questions pertaining to the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference being put to a vote.

Speaking about the virtual children’s parliament event, Steven Abrahams, Head Partnerships, Microsoft Teams at Microsoft Corp. said:  "Microsoft is pleased to be providing the platform to make this bold initiative a reality through Teams. It is so important to give children a voice when it comes to their future, and we’re looking forward to hearing all of the things they have to say about these critical topics.”

According to Founder and CEO of Wakelet, Jamil Khalil: “Wakelet is proud to support such an incredible initiative to curate the views of young people nationwide. Technology played a big part in remote education over the last year, and it continues to enable the nation's young people to share and collaborate on their ideas. We’re delighted to continue to help bring their ideas and thoughts to life on Wakelet around this incredibly important topic."

The transcripts and conclusions from the debate with the children will be available to all MPs after the session, including but not exclusively to the individuals behind the Future Generations Bill.