My takeover day with Ed Balls MP by Debbie Chown

On Friday 11th November I had the privilege to shadow, the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. As it was the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2011 many young people throughout the nation were working with adults. Takeover Day is about young people getting the opportunity to follow the routine of adults such as MPs. It was a hugely successful day last year and this year was even more of an achievement. As an MYP (Member of UK Youth Parliament) I was really interested in the local work of my MP and was delighted when my youth worker gave me the news that I would get this chance. My school were very supportive, allowing time off to go see Ed Balls. Everyone I told was very excited about it and couldn’t wait. At 2pm at Albion Chambers I went to Ed Balls’ office. There I met his colleagues who were really friendly. I was nervous but as soon as soon as I met him I just felt honoured. In the afternoon we went to visit Ace Engineering. I was really curious about the work Ed Balls did and thoroughly enjoyed going to the meeting. In the evening we went to a coffee session where Ed Balls was gathering opinions about what people in Morley thought about the NHS. Although I was disappointed there were no young people there it was really good. When I went home my friends and family said they were very proud of me and very jealous. It was a wonderful day. Ed Balls was really nice. I think Takeover Day should continue more than once a year and good luck to anyone else who gets the privilege to take part. I definitely would persuade them to go for it if they got the opportunity. Thanks Ed Balls!

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Posted November 14th, 2011 by admin