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The Sir David Amess UK Children’s Parliament is to be made a charity in honour of the murdered MP.

It was founded by Sir David to empower and engage young minds in the political process. Former PM Boris Johnson launched the Sir David Amess Children’s Parliament for ­primary school children.

Sir David’s daughter Katie, now a patron, said: “Like my father, I would like to see democracy and parliamentary process taught ­in schools.

“This is an incredible initiative, whereby children of primary school age can discuss adult issues and send their views directly to the heart of the British parliament. From the absolute tragedy of my father’s death, we must ensure that democracy and freedom of speech prevail. I am so proud to be a part of this and, in his memory, will do all I can to ensure its success.”

Sir David, the MP for Southend West, would have turned 72 yesterday. He was murdered by Ali Harbi ­Ali in 2021.

Andrew Fox, executive director of the soon-to-be charity, said: “We want Sir David to be proud that the programme he ­envisioned to teach politics to kids at the youngest age possible is not just crawling, but walking, running, and climbing up hills.”

The UK Children’s Parliament, supporter by Wakelet and Microsoft365, has provided a platform for children to debate and vote on key issues including conservation, knife crime and online safety. Up to 300 children ­participate nationwide, with debates live-streamed on Express.co.uk.

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