What is the UK Youth Parliament?
- The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) gives the young people of the UK an opportunity to be involved in a democratic process at a national level; it represents no party political view.
- There are currently 300 elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs).
- UKYP has a rolling programme of activities across the year, including leadership training, an annual conference, House of Commons sitting and regional meetings.
- UKYP also promotes the annual Make Your Mark ballot (largest youth consultation in UK).
- Nationally, the views of young people are represented in the UKYP manifesto, which contains statements on the issues MYPs think are most important. To view the UKYP manifesto, please go to www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk
Each year, Slough’s Youth Parliament (SYP) elects one representative to sit on UKYP. This ensures that our local youth parliament feeds into the national arena.
During their annual sitting in the House of Commons, MYPs debate the top issues as voted for by young people in the Make Your Mark ballot. This is a special session in the House of Commons chamber chaired by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.
It was an unforgettable experience and inspiring to see so many passionate young people
- Alaa Fawaz
Alaa Fawaz, 17, took part in last November’s debate and spoke in favour of votes at 16.
This years Common’s sitting is due to take place on 9th November. Slough will be represented at the debate by Baylis Court school student and current UKYP member, Raakhi Sharma, 17. This will be the fourth year that Slough has participated in the House of Commons debate.
The next SYP elections are due to take place across secondary schools in January 2019. If you would like to know more about the work of SYP or discuss the involvement from your school, please contact Giovanni Ferri by emailing Giovanni.Ferri@slough.gov.uk or alternatively call on 01753 875510.