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Young people know consumer rights

YCOY in parliamentThe Trading Standards Institute partnered with the Financial Ombudsman Service to run a Parliament versus young people consumer and financial knowledge competition.

The event was run to highlight to members of the Houses of Parliament the need for consumer and financial education for young people and the roles of trading standards and the Financial Ombudsman Service in consumer protection.

Three teams took part,  MPs, Peers and St. Saviour’s & St. Olave’s School in Southwark.

The competition was hosted by Jonathan Evans MP and the quizmaster role was taken over by Sir Nicholas Montagu chairman of FOS, with questions provided by Janice Chisholm from Islington trading standards.

In a thrilling on the buzzer final round the MPs surged forward, edging past the Peers, but the competition was won by St Saviour's.

The event gave a wonderful insight into the workings of parliament for the St Saviour's team, as despite being held  late in the day, play was delayed when the voting bell rang and the Peers disappeared briefly to vote.

The peers team were one player short as Baroness Diane Hayter had to attend urgent Westminster business but the upper house was ably represented by TSI president Baroness Christine Crawley,   Lord Boswell and Lord Marks, while the MPs were represented by Yvonne Fovargue, Lorely Burt, Justin Tomlinson and Andrew Bingham. St Saviour's was represented by Manal Ghebache, Hanaa Lakhdari, Ferdus Akther and Jamilah Dob-Johnson.