Hartlepool youngsters urged to speak up as part of UK Youth Parliament event

Young people are being urged to put their town well and truly on the map by turning out in force in the UK’s largest youth consultation.

The UK Youth Parliament is running ‘Make Your Mark’ – its annual ballot of 11-18 year-olds to help choose the topic which Youth Parliament Members will campaign on in the year ahead.

Last year over 7,500 young people in Hartlepool took part in the ballot – the highest result in the North-East – and this year they are being urged to top that figure.

Until October 9, through their schools, colleges and youth groups, young people have a chance to vote to select from a list of 10 topics the issues which they feel are the most important to young people. This year the issues include ‘votes at 16’; ‘a curriculum to prepare us for life’; ‘mental health’ and ‘fund our youth services – don’t cut them’.

The results of the poll will determine which topics the members of the UK Youth Parliament will debate when they hold a special sitting in the House of Commons on Friday, November 13, to determine the issues they will campaign on in the year ahead.

The Youth Parliament is the only organisation which has the privilege of being allowed to sit in the House of Commons.

Lauren Howells, Hartlepool’s Youth Parliament Member, said: “It and have their say. Make Your Mark gives us a major platform for making the national politicians listen to our views on the issues which matter to us.”

Young people can find out more and get a ballot paper through their school, college or youth group, or vote at www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark