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Votes for women? Debate

This house believes that women should not be afforded the right to vote... Order, order in the House! This contentious subject will be debated by students in Boston during National Local Democracy Week.

Boston Borough Council has organised a full week of activities for all the students across the borough to raise awareness of the work of the council.

Final deadline for registration by the schools is Wednesday, October 3.

The opening event on Monday, October 15, at 10am is a debate on Women's Right to Vote, which is particularly relevant as this year is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave some women the right to vote for the first time. Boston's Guildhall will be transformed into its own house of commons and, in keeping with that time, it is expected to be a very vocal and enthusiastic debate ably encouraged from the public gallery. 

When the Speaker of the House adjourns the debate, all those in attendance, both on the floor and those who have witnessed the debate from the 'back benches' will proceed to place their vote at the polling station and an official election count will take place and the result.  

On Tuesday, October 16, at 10am, there is to be a mock scrutiny meeting where students will make recommendations on two reports - one a suggestions that the May Fair should be moved and another recommending new penalties for litterbugs aged under 18. Full meeting protocols will apply and the students will gain an insight into how the committee system and decision-making process works within the council.

Ask The Cabinet is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, where students will attend the scheduled Cabinet meeting at 10am and afterwards they will be invited by the Leader of the Council to ask their questions of the Cabinet members.  There will be no requirement to table questions ahead of the meeting and the formula will be as Question Time, with questions taken by the show of a hand.

Thursday, October 18, welcomes the borough's younger students in particular to come along and visit the council's CCTV suite; see the civic regalia and meet the deputy mayor for refreshments and then join in and ask questions in a presentation about anti-social behaviour. There are two sessions taking place and teachers are asked to identify 10am or 2pm as their preference.

To complete the week Friday sees an open house day when the Guildhall will be open from 10am until 2pm to allow students to come along and see how the council works. There will be snap-shots of many of the council's services; councillors will be in attendance along with the MP to answer questions and meet the students and there are a number of quizzes across the service areas with prizes donated by the council's Corporate Management Team, who will also be attending. One of the quizzes is a recycling challenge and the schools need to register their teams in advance by emailing Officers at the Guildhall will also be conducting tours which will include a visit to the original cells and the first council chamber for Boston.

With the exception of the Friday event, none of the others are open to the public. Please note that the Guildhall is also open to the public on the Friday.

For all enquiries please call Karen Rist on 01205 314226 or email

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