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The House of Lords opens up the chamber every year, inviting people from across the UK to take part in a debating event. This year's debate is the latest event in a broad outreach programme that aims to raise awareness of the role and work of the Lords.

We are delighted that once again U3A members have been invited to participate, along with young people from UK Youth, in an inter-generational debate on the topic:

'Parliament 2.0: in a digital society, is politics for politicians or is everyone a decision maker?'

In the run-up to this event, there has been a number of 'Talking Days' across the UK where members of UK Youth and the U3A have met each other in an exciting afternoon filled with activities. Starting off with an intergenerational discussion about the history and evolution of democracy, participants were then introduced to the basics of debating before engaging in a mock debate. At the end of the afternoon, some participants were selected to lead the debate in the Lords chamber on 28 November.

There are no more spectator tickets available for this event.

Footage of the chamber event will be broadcast on the day, with a 10-minute delay, on the
House of Lords website www.parliament.uk/lords .

BBC Parliament and Democracy Live will broadcast the event live (with the 10-minute delay).
Visit their website for further information

A photographer will be taking photos throughout the event.

The English Speaking Union will be live tweeting the debate: #digitaldebate.

For reference, videos from previous chamber events can be found at:

After the event

The debate will be available on the House of Lords website, dedicated YouTube channel.

A highlights video of the event will also be available on the Lords YouTube channel after the

Photos will be available on Flickr (www.flickr.com/ukhouseoflords ) and tweeted from


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The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for U3As in the UK.
It is both a limited company and a registered charity.  It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support to their management committees and to individual members and assists in the development of new U3As across the UK.   It is managed by a National Executive Committee which consists of a Chairman, 3 other Officers and 12 representatives from the government regions in the UK.  The Third Age Trust is funded mainly by annual subscriptions paid by member U3As on a per capita basis, with the occasional grant for specific projects.  It has 7 full time and 7 part time staff and is located in Bromley.


U3As are independently managed charitable associations with their own constitutions.  Membership of The Third Age Trust is a requirement in order to use the U3A name and logo both of which are protected but once registered, providing the aims and guiding principles of the organisation are adhered to, local U3As are self-governing.

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U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.  It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers.  Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.   The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.  A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000.
The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure.  There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

Here you can find local news from U3As up and down the country. Many of these reports also feature in Third Age Matters, the national magazine.



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