Sky News’ “Stand Up Be Counted”


The British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament are pleased to be partnering up with the Sky News’ “Stand Up Be Counted campaign”┬áin the run up to the General Election.

As we know – many young people’s views are not heard, or listened to enough by politicians. But Sky and the BYC want to change that. We’re committed to putting their voice at the heart of our media coverage. It’s something we care passionately about. So, we hope all members of the Youth Parliament, Young Mayors and Councillors will use this platform to speak out about issues that they matter to them.

This is how you can get involved:

We’re keen to have at least one young person in every single seat (especially 150 of the most contested), with each publishing a simple, non-partisan video blog of around 1 minute. It can be filmed on a mobile phone or any other camera. We want to hear about how politicians could help young people by tackling the issues that matter to them. But as it’s an ‘Open Mic’ – you have the chance to say whatever you want.

Sky News wants to broadcast as many videos as possible, one a day on TV and social until the election. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a major news organisation’s general election coverage.

We are publishing the full list of constituencies today – please see below:

  • Nuneaton
  • Dundee West
  • Rotherham
  • St Ives
  • South Thanet
  • Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
  • Carlisle Lancaster and Wyre
  • Chorley
  • Wirrall West
  • Cannock Chase
  • Dudley North
  • Birmingham Yardley
  • Northampton North or Luton South
  • Brentford and Isleworth (Osterley)

We will start on January 5th in a number of key places, with live coverage from each. If you live in one of these areas then we’d like to hear from you. But even if you don’t live in a marginal you can be involved, it’s open to everyone aged 16-25.

You can contact Rhammel Afflick (, or directly to Alan Strange ( – who is running the Sky News project.


Find out more about Stand Up Be Counted.