Competition winner

The House of Commons has announced the winner of Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s ‘My Democracy Design’ competition – an exciting art competition to celebrate the Palace of Westminster’s 150th birthday.

Alice Forbes, aged 12 from Lancashire, has been named as the winner- receiving a special commemorative tile which has been based on her own striking design.

The final panel of judges – which included the Leader of the House, Rt Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Shadow Leader of the House, Rt Hon. Valerie Vaz MP– were particularly impressed with Alice’s interpretation of the theme ‘My Democracy Design’. Alice’s design featured a hand-drawn image of the Palace of Westminster, incorporating the emblems of all four nations of the United Kingdom. The centrepiece of the tile includes a drawing that symbolised the importance of voting in the future.

Participants were advised that inspiration could come from a variety of areas, such as famous moments in the history of Parliament, or even what they would like democracy to look like in the next 150 years.

Alice will receive a certificate from Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, alongside a framed copy of her design. Alice’s design will then be transformed into her own unique democracy themed tile – evoking the famous encaustic tiles that the Palace of Westminster is known for. They will also receive a goody bag from the Houses of Parliament shop.

Two runners up, Ellie 13 from North Yorkshire and Kamila, 11 from Norfolk. will also see their designs framed and receive a signed certificate from Sir Lindsay Hoyle. They also receive a goody bag from the Houses of Parliament shop.