UK Youth Parliament Manifesto
The UK Youth Parliament Manifesto tackles a wide range of topics affecting young people, from public transport to education for life, once again proving that today’s generation of young people are far from apathetic about the world they live in. The aim of the manifesto is to inform and influence local and national decision makers, particularly those deciding their manifestos in political parties.
It was created by young people, locally elected to represent the views of their peers, and is re-drafted and approved by Members of Youth Parliament every year at our Annual Sitting. MYPs are then balloted to choose a shortlist of campaigns from the manifesto that is put to the public ‘youth’ vote to determine what we should debate in a House of Commons sitting to decide our national campaign.
“Safe, Affordable and Accessible Transport”; “Getting Ready for Work”; “An Equal Minimum Wage”; and “Marriage for All” topped the poll of over 250,000 children and young people across the UK, and a fifth topic – “Education for Life” – was added by MYPs. Transport was the chosen topic for 2012, and was the subject of a Youth Select Committee enquiry and report. Education for Life was chosen for 2013.
We will be looking for candidates in elections to say where they stand on these issues to help inform first time voters.
The UKYP Manifesto has been created in a PDF file format. To view it you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you can get a copy, for free, from www.adobe.com.