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Friday, 5 July, 2002, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
No 10 tea for teenage winner
Kyle Young and Cherie Blair
Kyle Young was invited to Number 10 by Cherie Blair
A Flintshire schoolboy has been treated to tea with Cherie Blair after winning a contest for future politicians.

Kyle Young, 16, took part in the Citizenship Foundation's Youth Parliament Competition along with other pupils from the St Richard Gwyn school in Flint.

Cherie Blair and Kyle Young
Winning students had tea with Cherie Blair

He was named as the best speaker after the school debated the controversial issue of fox hunting.

Cherie Blair invited the winners of this year's competition to Number 10 Downing Street for tea following the awards ceremony.

The competition, now in its 11th year, invites secondary school pupils to make videos of mock parliamentary sessions.

Mrs Blair said the competition was "vitally important in helping young people to make sense of the democratic processes that influence their lives.


It is a privilege to meet the national winners who have worked so hard

Cherie Blair

"It is a privilege to meet the national winners, who have worked so hard and demonstrated such talent to overcome tough opposition from school across the UK," she said.

Kyle attended an awards ceremony at the House of Lords.

He was presented with his accolade by the Commons Speaker Michael Martin and congratulated by Education Secretary Estelle Morris.

As part of his prize, Kyle was given a guided tour around Westminster Palace.

Jane Taylor, head of history at St Richard Gywn school, coached Kyle and his fellow students for their entry this year.

"This is a fantastic achievement for Kyle and for the school.

Ariel view of Westminster Palace
Kyle Young was shown around Westminster Palace

"The school won the regional heat for their entry and we were very pleased with that.

"Kyle was absolutely elated when he heard he had won the national competition.

"We ask the children to get involved in order to promote citizenship in the school and in Wales," she said.

Fellow student David Green was named as the best prime minister for the region.

Delyn MP David Hanson gave the school some tips about the Commons for their video.

"It was a great pleasure to meet Kyle in the House of Commons and he was very pleased with winning.

"He has thrown his heart into it and being chosen from all the speakers from all the schools is excellent," said the MP.


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