Young people with ambitions to become the Prime Minister when they grow up could take a step closer to their dream, as Merton’s youth service searches for two candidates to represent Merton on the National Youth Parliament.
Elections are being held to find the two new members to represent Merton this coming year. Several schools across the borough are taking part by putting forward candidates, including Ricards Lodge, Tamworth Manor, Raynes Park, Ursuline High School and Cricket Green School.
Candidates will be submitting their statements until 16 January. Once elected, the new Members of youth Parliament will have the chance to meet with local councillors, the Mayor of London, local and national MPs and Cabinet Members, representing the opinions of Merton’s young people. They will also attend local and national events (and exchange trips) to discuss youth related issues, including a four-day annual conference making decisions that affect government.
Launched in 1999, the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) aims to give the young people between the ages of 11 and 18 a voice, which will be heard and listened to by local and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people. There are currently over 400 elected members of Youth Parliament, representing young people from all backgrounds and ethnic minorities.
Participation in voting is also welcomed from young people in Merton not attending local participating schools or clubs. Voting will take place between 19 and 23 January, and the results will be available on 27 January. To find out more or to obtain copies of candidates’ statements, please contact Jo Young, Merton Youth Service on 020 8640 7050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org