Young people aged 11 to 18 in Hounslow have the opportunity to enter the world of politics and make a difference as the borough’s Members of Youth Parliament (MYP)
Published: Friday, 1st February 2019
If you think you have what it takes to represent the voices of young people living in our borough, then you should consider registering by Tuesday 19 February to represent Hounslow in this year’s Youth Elections 2019.
The United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a national organisation where young people campaign to make positive changes for young people across the country.
Hounslow is entitled to have one Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), and one Deputy Member of Youth Parliament to represent and support the work of the UKYP locally and nationally. These members will attend national events throughout the year including the UK Youth Parliaments annual sitting and the annual House of Commons debate.
The wider role of the MYPs is to represent Hounslow on a regional and national basis, and help engage young people in politics, democracy and citizenship. They will also deliver their own personal manifestos to improve the lives of young people in the borough. They will work closely with the Hounslow Youth Council to plan and deliver their manifesto’s priorities.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet member of Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:
“Our MYPs have done an excellent job representing young people in Hounslow by making themselves heard to make a positive difference for young people within our borough.
“This is a fantastic way for young people to get involved and understand local politics. The Youth Parliament has made a significant difference to youth services in Hounslow and offers some fantastic opportunities for its members. I’d encourage anyone interested to consider standing to register today.”
Anyone who is 11-18 who lives, goes to school or attends a youth group in Hounslow is eligible to stand as a candidate in the election. If you or someone you know would like to be involved in UKYP please express your interest by Tuesday 19 February.
Ciya Vyas, a student from Lampton School, Hounslow’s Member of Youth Parliament for 2018-19, said: “Being an MYP has been one of the most amazing experiences for me. I have learnt so much and met so many incredible people. A definite highlight is getting to speak in the House of Commons.
“So, if you are driven and care about the world and people around you, I would encourage you to stand for the Hounslow Youth Parliament election and become our next MYP.”
All young people wishing to stand as candidates must attend a candidate training day planned for Friday 22 February.
Voting will take place between the Monday 18 and Friday 29 March 2019 and successful candidates will be announced on Thursday 4 April.
Register as a candidate and stand for election.
For an informal discussion and to find out more please contact Tiffany Brown or call 07511 942 396
The Hounslow Youth Parliament and Hounslow Youth Council are run and managed by the Participation People on behalf of Hounslow Council.