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UK Youth Parliament at the Houses of Commons - Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November

UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning:

Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity to reach out to young people who go on to be opinion formers and leaders of the future. This year, through Youth Councils, Forums, school, online and through our grassroots we’ve been able to reach out again to 47, 587 young people from across Wales. The ballot decided what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for in 2018. The debate will take place on Friday 10th November 2017 within the House of Commons.

All Members of the UKYP from across Wales will take part in this year’s Annual Sitting on 10-11-17. The event is a fantastic opportunity for young people who are passionate about issues and involved in their communities to experience how topics are debated by the UK government

The House of Commons Debate is an annual event organised by the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP), and involves 300 plus young people (aged 11-18) from Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  David Abadir, MYP for Cardiff, has been elected as Debate Lead for Wales this year.

The group comes together to debate and vote on five issues. These topics are selected beforehand by young people, after being identified as being particularly important issues via the Make Your Mark Ballot.

During the vote in November, two of these issues are selected as the two priorities for UKYP in the year ahead:

Five issues being debated in the House of Commons on 10th November 2017:

  • A Curriculum to prepare us for life – Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum. (Devolved)
  • Transport – Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all. (Devolved)
  • Work Experience hubs for 11-18 year olds – Knowing where to find work experience can be challenging. Government should create an online space to help young people with this. (Devolved)
  • Votes at 16 – Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums. (UK wide)
  • Protect LGBT+ People – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ young people deserve to be treated the same as everyone else; discrimination needs to be challenged. (UK wide)

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