Nine-year-old boy be­comes the youngest per­son in par­lia­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE son of a prom­i­nent anti-HS2 pro­tester be­came the youngest per­son to ever of­fi­cially ap­pear in Par­lia­ment.

Nine-year-old Alex Rukin, whose fa­ther Joe is cam­paign man­ager of Stop HS2, pe­ti­tioned the HS2 se­lect com­mit­tee of MPs on Mon­day, who can rec­om­mend that changes are made to the line in or­der to en­sure more mit­i­ga­tion.

Dur­ing his ev­i­dence he pointed out prob­lems with the as­sess­ment HS2 Ltd has made on the im­pact the line will have on wood­lands.

He also ques­tioned HS2 Ltd’s maths be­fore mak­ing the point that with ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, there is no need for HS2.

His pe­ti­tion states: “Your pe­ti­tioner, who started do­ing video con­fer­enc­ing at school when he was six, won­ders if the old peo­ple who say we need HS2 have ever even heard of the in­ter­net, Skype or Facetime.”

It adds: “Your pe­ti­tioner has been told that say­ing things which are not true is naughty, so does not un­der­stand why the HS2 peo­ple say things that are not true and get money.”

Joe Rukin said: “After I ex­plained what pe­ti­tion­ing was, [Alex] said he thought ev­ery­one in the whole coun­try should be do­ing it, be­cause he thinks HS2 is such a bad idea and the wrong thing to spend lots of money on.

“He is com­mit­ted to do­ing some­thing about some­thing he thinks is wrong.

“I’m that.”

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