You may not be aware that there is a UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) rep who is committed to supporting young people in the Harborough district.
Supported by Leicestershire County Council, I’m passionate about making sure the voice of young people is heard and promoting opportunities to shape services.
Each November, UKYP reps from across the country go to the House of Commons to debate the top five most important issues to young people. It is a big deal – no other group of people, apart from elected MPs, ever get the opportunity to do this.
From the beginning of September through to mid-October, UKYP runs a national ballot for 11- to 18-year-olds called Make Your Mark to identify the top issues. Last year 260,000 young people took part and this year, the target is half a million. UKYP reps and County Hall are working with all the county’s high and upper schools to raise awareness of the vote and we’re appealing to young people to get them involved.
The ballot is simple – it lists a series of topics and each young person votes for their most important.
The top five from the national ballot get debated at Parliament, chaired by Speaker of the House, John Bercow.
Young people can get involved by voting at mym.mi-vote.com and clicking on the ‘vote now’ button.
Remember to say you’re from Leicestershire and that I am your local UKYP rep. The vote closes on October 11 so please take the chance to make your mark.
Column by Poppie Simmonds
The 18-year-old is a former pupil of Lutterworth College.