Laura Curran and Ryan Everett, who were elected as Sefton’s Members of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) in February, are taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.
In the ballot running till 9 October, young people across the UK are being asked what issues matter most to them, in order to decide what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 13 November. Voting takes places via ballot papers issued through schools and youth centres, and also on the Youth Parliament website.
Ten topics are available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by MYPs in their November debate. The debate will be chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and will be broadcast live on the BBC Parliament channel.
Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed over 875,000 young people, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK. This year, MYPs have set themselves a target of getting 1,000,000 young people to take part.
Sefton MYPs Laura Curran (16) and Ryan Everett (18), who will be running the Make Your Mark campaign in Sefton, said, “This is a great opportunity for young people across Sefton to have a say on matters affecting our future. We hope that as many young people as possible will take part and make their voices heard.”
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said, “It is very important that we get young people engaged in the democratic process. This is a great way for them to make their views known on issues that will have a real effect on their futures.”
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