Simon says lights, camera ... parliament!

YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged by Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell to make short films about what laws they themselves would make.
He is backing a national competition called ‘Lights, Camera, Parliament!’ aimed getting 11 to 16yearolds interested in politics.
Threeminutes films are wanted on any issue young people are passionate about. They can be made on any device, even a mobile phone.
Six finalists will present their ideas to a panel of MPs in parliament. Their films will also be shown at a London 2012 cultural olympiad event.
The winner will get professional filmmaking equipment and a trip to the capital’s famous Pinewood Studios. 
Previous entrants proposed legislation including banning ‘size zero’ models and raising the minimum age of armed forces entry to 21. 
Mr Reevell said: “This is a great way for young people to have fun, think about laws in our country and gain valuable skills. 
"I always enjoy visiting schools to answer the questions young people have about my work as an MP, the Government and how parliament works. 
“This competition gives them the opportunity to speak up about the issues that interest them.”
The deadline for entries is March 26. A shortlist of candidates will be unveiled in May. For more details see www.parliament.uk/lightscameraparliament.

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