Somerset Members of Youth Parliament debate burning issues for the young in Commons

Young people from Somerset have been to Westminster tackling key issues for their peer group – including the prospect of votes at 16 and cheaper transport.

Supported by Somerset County Council, Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) Eve Anderson (Sedgemoor & Mendip), Leonie Robertson (South Somerset) and Kira Lewis (Taunton Deane & West Somerset) were among elected MYPs from across the UK at the House of Commons on November 10.

The members spent the day debating this year’s top Make Your Mark topics.

The Make Your Mark ballot saw nearly 949,000 young people voting, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK.

Among the big issues debated in the commons were better and cheaper public transport for the young and protection for young LGBT people.

At the end of the day MYPs voted to promote the Curriculum for Life campaign and remain committed to continue the Votes@16 initiative.

Curriculum for Life addresses improvements to education in PSHE, sex and relationship education, finances and politics.

The day was chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP.

Eve Anderson. MYP, said: “I had been looking forward to this event since I joined the Youth Parliament almost five years ago; and it definitely met my expectations.

“I am extremely lucky to have been surrounded by amazing like-minded young people who genuinely want change and care about the young people of the United Kingdom.

“The speeches were incredible and motivational. I really look forward to working with other MYP’s to work towards Votes at 16 and a curriculum for life.”

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “The energy and drive of Somerset’s MYPs should be an inspiration to all the County’s young people.  I can only applaud them.”

To read more about this event and find out more about Make Your Mark and other UKYP national campaigns search:

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

Members of Youth Parliament at work in the Commons

Members of Youth Parliament at work in the Commons