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The House of Lords. Credit: Copyright House of Lords 2019/photography by Roger Harris

IT IS often accused of being out of touch with everyday folk – and it is hundreds and hundreds of miles away from Shetland.

But young people and community groups in Shetland are going to be given the chance to learn more about the UK Parliament and its MPs and lords in the coming days.

The parliament’s education and outreach service will host workshops across the isles between 9 and 12 May.

Schoolchildren and community groups will learn more about how the parliament works, and explore the role of an MP and members of the House of Lords.

There will also be a focus on how people can get their voices heard in the parliamentary system.

The UK Parliament’s senior education and outreach officer for Scotland Aimee Dobie said: “I’m delighted to be coming to Shetland as part of our series of engagement activities across the country.

“At a time when politics is taking such a centre stage it’s so important for people to know how they can engage with the UK Parliament and get their voices heard.

“I’m looking forward to working with people across Shetland for what should be a really engaging set of workshops.”

Workshops will take place at the Sound and Happy Hansel primary schools on 9 May.

The following day the roadshow will visit Baltasound Junior High School and the OPEN peer education project.

On 11 May bairns at the Whiteness and Sandness primary schools will receive a visit, while on 12 May workshops will be held at Aith Junior High and Ability Shetland.