Malala to speak to Parliament? A Nobel idea

NOBEL PEACE Prize winner Malala Yousafzai should be invited to address both Houses of Parliament, a Labour peer has said.

Malala Yousafzai holds up her medal during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo

Lord Young of Norwood Green said the 17-year-old was a good role model for British women tempted to become “jihadist brides” and should be invited to follow in the footsteps of the likes of American President Barack Obama.

The education campaigner received the Nobel Prize yesterday at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, joining the ranks of laureates including Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Lord Young said at question time in the Lords: “The best way we can recognise her astounding achievement as a young woman with a very wise head on young shoulders and a very courageous young woman, is to invite her to address both Houses of Parliament.”

Admiral Lord West of Spithead, the former head of the Royal Navy, called for assurances that the teenager, who is based in Birmingham where she was treated after being shot by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan, was receiving British protection.

The Labour former security minister said: “I had the privilege to show Malala and her family around the Palace of Westminster and to talk with her about Pakistan and she is the most amazing young woman.”