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Newcastle schoolgirl wins chance to grill MPs at Question Time event

Jessica Bowen, 16, from South Gosforth, Newcastle, was a lucky winner of a Diabetes UK competition to win a place at a Question Time-style event at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 27 October.

The event, organised by an alliance of more than 30 health charities, will give more than 40 secondary school children with different health conditions the chance to voice their issues and grill a panel of politicians about the need to make health support at school a statutory duty.

More than one million affected

There are at least a million schoolchildren in England who have a health condition, many of whom do not have the appropriate support they need to enjoy a full school life.

The winning question

To win a place at the Question Time-style event, Diabetes UK asked entrants to submit the question that they would ask. Jessica's winning question was: "What support is there for people like myself, who, during busy exam periods at school have been unable to attend school, sometimes for prolonged periods of time, due to complications with their diabetes?"

Jessica said: “I’m really happy to have won the chance to go to this event. Often people don’t understand exactly what having diabetes means. This is my chance to let politicians know exactly how I feel.”

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