Tuesday, 26 November 2013

16 Year Old From Houghton Takes Part in Youth Parliament

Young politicians take part in House of Commons Debate

25-11-2013

Two Members of the Youth Parliament from Central Bedfordshire joined 300 young people from across the UK at the House of Commons for the UK Youth Parliament’s Annual Sitting last week.

Eighteen year-old George Nodwell from Tempsford and sixteen year-old Nathan Marshall from Houghton Regis debated five motions, chaired by the Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP, including one which called for 16 and 17 year-olds to be given the vote in all public elections.

George, said:

"I have been lucky enough to attend the Annual Sitting at the House of Commons twice and enjoyed it even more the second time around. As always when I first went it took my breath away and the excitement built rapidly. The debates held were amazing and made what we do worth while. I was particularly lucky as I got to speak on the topic of Work Experience and although nervous throughout, this had to be my highlight of the day. Overall I feel privileged to have gone and proud to have had my voice heard."

The next elections for the Youth Parliament are due to take place early in the new year. The deadline for prospective candidates to put themselves forward is Friday 29 November. Young people who are successfully elected as Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) have the chance to have their say on a wide range of different issues. They work on behalf of other young people to influence decisions on things like the environment, transport, crime, health and also get the chance to work directly with Councillors and senior managers within the Council, the Police and other organisations. The Council's Youth Support Service provides support and guidance to all members of the Youth Parliament to ensure they are engaged in as many exciting and different aspects of local life as possible.

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said:

"I am really pleased that two of our young people got the chance to get involved in this fantastic event – it must have been an inspiring experience and one they won’t forget.

"Remember there is still time to put yourself forward as a candidate for the Youth Parliament elections next year. This is a great opportunity for to get involved in the local democratic process, make some noise and see some change. So why not give it a go and have a say on decisions that affect you."

If you would like to find out more about the work of Central Bedfordshire Youth Parliament or additional opportunities for young people to get involved in within Central Bedfordshire then contact Lisa Wright or Jason Roth-Witty on lisa.wright@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or jason.roth-witty@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk