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PUBLISHED: 13:01 05 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 06 May 2010

Josh Molloy

Josh Molloy

AN EAGER young politician from a secondary school in St Albans is set to impress with his up-and-coming political performances. Fourteen-year-old Josh Molloy of Park Street, who turned 15 las Sunday, is one of six Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) fo

AN EAGER young politician from a secondary school in St Albans is set to impress with his up-and-coming political performances.

Fourteen-year-old Josh Molloy of Park Street, who turned 15 las Sunday, is one of six Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) for the county and since his election in February, he has dedicated his free time to making his voice heard.

Josh, a Year 10 pupil at Marlborough School, has been given time off school to fit in his latest plans, which include representing the English Secondary Student's Association (ESSA) at the Westminster Education Forum next month.

Josh, who wants to study politics at university, will address a forum of local and national educational policy-makers on November 11 with a five-minute speech on examinations in schools and must then answer questions from the board.

Josh said that he couldn't wait for his debut performance: "I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I've always had an interest in politics and so I can't wait to get up on stage. The subject of testing in schools is a controversial one, so I'm sure it will lead to an interesting debate."

Josh, who has also been chosen as one of the judges for next month's Excellence in Building Schools for the Future Awards, is also looking forward to being formally enrolled into the Labour Party in parliament itself next month.

Business Manager at Marlborough Diana Dean said that the school was proud of Josh's achievements and added: "It's really exciting to have someone like Josh at our school. He's quite obviously made a real impact in such a short space of time and we wish him the very best of luck with all his endeavours.

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