On Friday, 14th November 2014, 285 Members of the UK Youth Parliament gathered in the House of Commons to discuss five issues chosen by over 876,488 young people aged 11-18 in the 2014 Mark your Mark ballot.
In a debate chaired by Speaker of the House The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, and witnessed by the Leader of the House William Hague MP, with Youth Minister Rob Wilson MP and Labour Chair of the Backbench Committee Natasha Engel MP, Members of Youth Parliament debated 5 topics from which ‘mental health’ was prioritised as the UK priority campaign for 2015, whilst ‘a living wage for all’ was voted as the priority campaign for England.
See all the media coverage below.
Today in Youth Parliament
You don’t often hear cheers and applause in the House of Commons but then it’s not every day that the debating chamber is taken over by the UK Youth Parliament.
The MYPs were at Westminster for the sixth year running. School Reporters Alice and Callum went into the parliamentary press gallery to find out more and this is their Today in Parliament.
Read more from BBC School Reporters here.
UK Youth Parliament stage annual debate
Members of the UK Youth Parliament have taken part in their annual Commons debate, chaired by Speaker John Bercow.
The 11 to 18-year-olds discussed the living wage, work experience, the voting age and other issues chosen by a ballot of 876,488 young people
The event, in which 285 took part, marks the start of Parliament Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness about politics and democracy in the UK.
Read more from BBC News here.
Young Politicians choose campaigns for year ahead
The event, chaired by Speaker of the House John Bercow, saw almost 300 MYPs debate five topics chosen by more than 865,000 11- to 18-year-olds during UK Youth Parliament’s eight-week Make Your Mark ballot this summer.
Read more from Children & Young People Now here.
Braintree student takes centre stage in Youth Parliament Commons debate
A student from a school in Essex has played a starring role in this year’s UK Youth Parliament Commons debate.
Chloe Stevens goes to the Alec Hunter Academy in Braintree and is also an elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP).
Read more and watch Chloe speak here on the ITV website.
Watch Jessica in action at the House of Commons
Stockton’s Jessica Belch made a rousing speech in the House of Commons today (November 14) as she joined other young people from our region to debate what should become the main campaign for this year’s Youth Parliament.
She made an impassioned plea for the campaign to focus on mental health.
The leader of the House of Commons and MP for Richmond, William Hague, also joined the group and said he was delighted to welcome them there.
Read more and watch Jessica speak here on the ITV website.
Youth Parliament take over the House of Commons
The average age in the House of Commons was lowered considerably today when members of the Youth Parliament took over.
Budding politicians from across the country were invited to lead – and oppose – debates on such subjects as the minimum wage, the improvement of mental health services and votes for 16 and 17-year-olds.
And Simran Jandu, Youth Parliament member for Wakefield Central spoke to the House about education.
Read more and watch Simran speak here on the ITV website.
Stand Up Be Counted
Francesca Reed says children’s mental health services are “terribly overstretched” as she introduces her motion at the UK Youth Parliament’s annual House of Commons debate.
Watch via the Sky News website.
Watch William Hague welcome members of the UK Youth Parliament to the House of Commons for their annual debate, promising ministers will read up on their speeches “whether they like it or not”.
Watch via the Sky News website.
Junaid Ashraf, from Scotland, urges members to back votes for 16 and 17-year-olds. Watch here.
Francesca Reed says children’s mental health services are “terribly overstretched” as she introduces her motion at the UK Youth Parliament’s annual House of Commons debate. Watch here.
Chloe Stevens introduce the work experience debate at the 2014 UK Youth Parliament sitting. “With effective work experience, everyone’s a winner,” she says. “Young people get good quality experience, employers have experienced workers and schools have inspired students.” Watch here.
“Education is what makes the world spin round,” says Simran Jandu MYP, as she summarises the exam resits debate at this year’s UK Youth Parliament. Watch here.
Lucie Boardman MYP introduces her campaign to bring back exam resits in English and maths. “We live in a society where Ofsted reports have become more important than a pupil’s wellbeing … (and) this is unacceptable,” she says. “It is our duty to campaign for a change to the system.” Watch here.
“Happy meals won’t be so happy when they’re a fiver!” Watch Ciara Brodie’s passionate speech at UK Youth Parliament’s annual sitting, summarising the key points for a Living Wage. Watch here.
The first topic up for debate at this year’s UK Youth Parliament is a Living Wage. “We must stand up for the millions of young people being short-changed by their employers,” Vikram Patel says. Watch here.
William Hague welcomes members of the UK Youth Parliament to the House of Commons for their annual debate, saying ministers will read up on the young peoples’ speeches “whether they like it or not”. Watch here.