What a week. With Theresa May abruptly pulling her botched Brexit deal before Parliament were allowed a vote, the government was thrown into chaos.
On the day the Tory party started squabbling, with many trying to force out May with a vote of no confidence, young people from all over the country came down to Westminster to participate in serious democratic action.
Getting up extremely early, over 150 young people came from all over the country to meet outside Parliament in the morning. We were back, to send the message to our MPs in Parliament that we should be able to decide our own futures – not them.
Prevented from entering the central lobby of Parliament as a group to green card our MPs, some drama ensued. Stephen Doughty – the supportive MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – raised our plight to the speaker during PMQs, forcing them to start letting groups of us in.
WATCH: Huge thanks to @SDoughtyMP, as he stands up for young people & @OFOCBrexit, @FFSake_ by calling a point of order allowing them access to their MPs in their #ParliamentTakeover today. Please RT: pic.twitter.com/bZ0vGprefH— People's Vote UK (@peoplesvote_uk) December 12, 2018
Persistent and hopeful, we managed to meet with well over 40 MPs by the afternoon. Amongst those friendly to the cause such as Chuka Ummuna who came down to show their support, we were also pleased to see other MPs such as Jim Fitzpatrick, Alex Sobel, Hilary Benn and Zac Goldsmith come down to meet their young constituents.
Whether meeting us for the first, second or even third time, MPs took away one important message: Whilst people in Parliament may play political games, young people are serious about their futures and we won’t stop fighting for them.