Video: Tuckett Speaks In UK House Of Commons

November 7, 2022

19-year-old McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett spoke to the UK House of Commons during the first ever session of the UK Youth Parliament to feature the British Overseas Territories.

A spokesperson said, “The Government of Bermuda London Office confirmed today that a young person from Bermuda spoke to the necessity of cultivating opportunities on-island for young Bermudians in the first ever session of the UK Youth Parliament to feature the British Overseas Territories.

“19-year-old McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett, Bermuda’s former Youth Premier, spoke to the House of Commons about the importance of Bermudians returning home after education overseas during a special sitting on 4 November.

McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett House of Commons Bermuda November 7, 2022

“Ms. Tuckett was among eight young representatives of the British Overseas Territories invited to participate in the annual gathering by House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, facilitated by the Government of Bermuda London Office.

“Fellow British Overseas Territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat and St Helena were also represented.”

Sir Lindsay Hoyle said it was “about time we heard from our friends in the extended part of our United Kingdom family – and the UK Youth Parliament event offered them the perfect platform.”

“For too long I have felt the British Overseas Territories have been overlooked, yet so many of the decisions we make here in the UK have a huge impact on their futures,” he said.

“It was inspiring to hear about the issues that affect young people in the overseas territories and their experiences. I am sure we all learnt a lot from their contributions.”

The spokesperson said, “Being at the sharp end of climate change, a lack of opportunity and a housing crisis were among topics the young representatives raised during the day-long sitting.”

Ms Tuckett said: “It was an honour to represent Bermuda in the House of Commons and shed light on one of the significant issues affecting young Bermudians. It is remarkable that for the first time ever, the British Overseas Territories were invited by the Speaker, and given the opportunity to speak.“

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