Make Your Mark: Local press roundup 29th September 2014


With just 11 days to go till the close of the 2014 Make Your Mark ballot, we take a look at how MYPs across the country are getting young people to tell the UKYP what issues matter most to them.

Voting closes on 10th October.




Hillingdon youngsters urged to vote for issues that most affect them

A drive is on for votes to ensure the views of those aged 11-18 in Hillingdon are represented. Cllr David Simmonds, deputy leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “Last year, thanks to the hard work of Hillingdon’s Youth Council, Younger Members and local schools, our borough’s young people showed their enthusiasm for the democratic process by returning the most votes in London.”

Read more at the Hillingdon Times.


North West teenagers ‘cut teeth’ in political debate

Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “The convention is an important stage in the process for young people to decide which issues will be discussed at the UKYP annual session in the House of Commons. This is a superb opportunity for young people to cut their political teeth.”

Read more at the Lancashire Telegraph.


Milton Keynes Member of Youth Parliament to take part in UK’s largest youth consultation

MYP Elizabeth Beale, who will be running the Make Your Mark campaign in Buckinghamshire, said: “Make Your Mark is an amazing opportunity for young people to be empowered. Not only does it help to form the UK Youth Parliament’s campaign for the coming year, it also tells decision makers that young people are prepared to stand up for what they believe in. This makes change possible.”

Read more at MKWEB.


Youth Parliament member takes youth poll to burger bar

The Isle of Wight’s Deputy Member of the Youth Parliament, Will Matthews, today joined Councillor Chris Whitehouse to take an opinion poll to the youngsters of the Island in a burger restaurant.  Will said: “This year we’ve set a target of getting 1,000,000 young people to take part, so I’m pulling out all the stops to get the best possible response from young people on the Island.”
Read more at the Island Echo.


County teens help set debate

Young people across Lincolnshire are being asked to choose topics for debate at the next UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on November 14. Deputy Member of Lincolnshire Youth Parliament Alexander Kirk,16, said: “Make your Mark gives young people the chance to be involved in issues and vote on topics to be debated in Parliament. I believe strongly that young people should vote; this is showing the Westminster establishment that we do have a voice and we know how to use it.”

Read more at the Skegness Standard.