Students visit House of Lords for special debate on the body’s future

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STUDENTS from Boston have been among a select few from across the UK to take part in a special – and soon to be televised – debate at the House of Lords.

Seven youngsters from Boston High School visited parliament’s upper house on Friday to discuss the future of the institution.

Just 163 students took part in the debate, entitled Elect, Select or Reform: the Future of the House of Lords and chaired by Lord Speaker Baroness Haymen.

Boston High School is thought to have been the only establishment from the East Midlands to have attended.

Politics, business studies and economics teacher Matthew Firth praised the students for their contributions, saying five of the seven students spoke during the discussion – the highest proportion of any of the school’s attending students.

“They more than held their own,” he said.

“They must have been doing something right as whenever one of our girls stood up the speaker went straight to them,” he added.

BBC Parliament is screening the debate on Friday at 4pm and it will be also available to watch on the iPlayer.