I Want To Stand

Standing for Election as an MYP

UKYP Annual Sitting voting close– To become an MYP you have to be elected by other young people in an official UKYP election.

– Any young person who is a resident of the UK, and aged between 11 and 18 years old (inclusive) has the right to stand for election as an MYP and the right to vote for their MYP.

– Each Local Education Authority (LEA) in England represents a Youth Parliament Constituency.  The number of MYPs allocated to each constituency varies depending upon the number of young people who live in that area. To find out how many MYPs there should be in your area, please have a look at the list at the bottom of the page.

– In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the UKYP works with its partner organisations – the Scottish Youth Parliament, Funky Dragon – Wales, and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum to ensure that young people from these three nations are represented on the UKYP.  If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – and you want to become an MYP, you can make contact with your respective organization via the Contacts page.

– Elections generally take place between December and February each year.

– Over the past couple of years over one million young people have voted in UKYP elections.

What happens if I get elected?

– Once you are elected you will be expected to find out the concerns and needs of other young people in your constituency, and represent these views to decision makers on a local, regional and national level.

– During you term of office you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of events projects and campaigns.

– Your MP will be keen to hear from you, and many MYPs develop a productive working relationship with their MP, often having regular meetings at the House of Commons and in the constituency.

– In addition to working locally and regionally, the UKYP also undertakes to facilitate meetings between MYPs, Government Ministers and Government Departments on the issues that are raised in the UKYP Manifesto.

As an MYP you will also get an opportunity to attend between six and ten regional meetings during you term of office. Once a year the UKYP holds an Annual Sitting, which brings together all of the MYPs from across the whole of the UK, for a four day residential to receive training, plan campaigns, update the UKYP Manifesto and socialise!

How much time do I need to commit?

– An MYP’s term of office lasts for one year. On average you will need to commit between one and five hours per week on UKYP activities.

What skills will I develop whilst being an MYP?

Each MYP’s experience is likely to be different from the next. But in general MYPs will develop a combination of the following skills:

– Communication skills
– Public speaking skills
– Greater knowledge of politics and current affairs
– The ability to look at an issue from someone else’s perspective
– Debating skills
– Teamwork skills
– Leadership skills
– Organisational skills
– Negotiation skills

Find out about past MYP’s

Read what ex-MYPs have said about their experience of UKYP

What should I do next?

If you want more information about standing as a candidate in your local area, you should make contact with your local youth service or send an email to elections@ukyouthparliament.org.uk clearly stating which area you live in.

Election Information Packs

UK Youth Parliament Elections Information Pack – Middlesbrough

Can I still be involved with UKYP if I’m not an MYP?

Yes absolutely. There are a range of things you can do, e.g. support our campaigns, debate in our online forums, take part in consultations.

UK Youth Parliament Handbook

In this section you can download the entire MYP Handbook or download specific sections. This handbook contains a wealth of vital information to help MYPs during their term of office. Written by ex-MYPs and UKYP staff, this handbook includes information about the year ahead, tips on public speaking and debating, a guide to campaigning, case studies of ex-MYPs and much more! We recommend that youth workers download the handbook and print a copy for their own records. We hope it will be an invaluable resource for youth workers as well as MYPs.

Download the Handbook

UKYP Handbook 2016

To view the UKYP Handbook you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you can get a copy, for free, from www.adobe.com.