Somerset young people make their mark

Somerset County Council is encouraging young people across the county to make their mark and vote for the issues that matter most to them in a national annual ballot.

The top voted for issues will be debated at the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on Friday 10 November, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

Voting takes places both online and through ballot papers issued in schools and youth centres throughout the UK.

Ten topics will be available to choose from on the Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed in the House of Commons.

Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot saw nearly 980,000 young people voting, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK.

Kira Lewis, MYP for Taunton Deane & West Somerset, said “Make Your Mark is a great opportunity for young people in Somerset to have their voices heard by national Government. Following the debate at the House of Commons one issue will be directed to Government which they will respond to, and we can see the difference it makes. I’d encourage as many young people as possible to get involved, to reach our target of one million young people.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for children and families at Somerset County Council, said: “I urge young people to use their vote. This is your chance to raise the issues that matter to you on a national stage. I hope that Somerset young people will make their voices heard.”

To read more about this event and find out more about Make Your Mark and other UKYP national campaigns: http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/

You can also find out more about Somerset UK Youth Parliament group and local campaigns at:

http://www.somersetyouth.co.uk/club/uk_youth_parliament/59