Democracy essay prize-winners named

LAST AUTUMN, the Independent joined leading newspapers around the world in sponsoring an essay competition for people between 17 and 23 to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the birth of democracy in ancient Greece.

The winners of the British section were: Mary Lenton, 20, a second-year student at Oriel College, Oxford, studying PPE, and Katy Knight, 18, who is studying for her A levels in Economics, History and French at the Henrietta Barnett School, north London.

They will join winners from other countries on a week's tour of Greece in early July, organised by the Democracy 2,500th Anniversary committees in London and Athens, and Lambrakis Press.

Their essays will be published in the Independent in the near future.