Jo Swinson MP is calling on young people in East Dunbartonshire to take part in the UK Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign, the UK’s largest survey of young people’s views.
Young people aged 11-18 are invited to take part in the ballot to shortlist what is debated in the House of Commons by Members of Youth Parliament later this year. The annual ballot, which has taken place since 2011, contains 10 policies voted for by Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) including ending period poverty, mental health in schools, tackling homelessness and adapting the curriculum. The deadline for voting is 10th October.
The campaign will see MYPs and volunteers across the country invite young people in schools and youth groups to take this opportunity to have their say and to inform and influence the Government and decision makers in their communities. The MYPs for West Scotland (which includes East Dunbartonshire) are Fatima Bari and Josh Kennedy.
This year’s campaign is expected to reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the UK. Last year, a total of 954,766 young people from every corner of the country took part.
Commenting, Jo said:
“The Make Your Mark campaign is an excellent opportunity for young people in East Dunbartonshire to make their voices heard, and I’d encourage local schools to get involved in the campaign.
“It’s vital that we engage and connect young people in our democratic processes. They are the future of our country and it’s important for them to play a role in shaping it.”
Following the campaign, priority issues will be brought to the attention of Government Ministers and a Commons debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, will take place on 9th November 2018.
After the debate, Members of Youth Parliament will walk through the division lobbies to vote on what should become their priority campaigns for 2019. In previous years, mental health, tackling racism and religious discrimination and a lower voting age have been prioritised.
Young people can take part in the consultation by visiting: www.mi-event.info/event/makeyourmark2018.