Could you be Hartlepool’s next Member of the Youth Parliament?Published Friday, 19th November 2021
The process is under way to find Hartlepool’s next Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) and young people are being invited to think about standing for election.
The Youth Parliament is run by young people for young people and gives them the opportunity to speak about issues they are passionate about and bring about social change. The MYP consults with other young people in their constituency and represents their views.
The MYP works with youth groups, councillors and decision-makers on the issues that matter most to constituents, attending local and regional meetings and being involved in a range of campaigns, projects and events.
Members of the Youth Parliament are elected every two years by other young people in their local area and any 11-18 year old can stand or vote in the election.
The next elections will take place in January/February next year. Young people interested in standing in the election for the Hartlepool MYP should download and read the information pack at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/myp-information-pack and then come along to one of two briefing events as follows:
Monday 29th November at Throston Youth Centre, Wiltshire Way, from 5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 30th November at Rossmere Youth Centre, Rossmere Way, from 5pm to 7pm.
Candidates need to register to stand in the election by noon on Friday 10th December.
The outgoing Hartlepool MYP, Ash Khan, said: ““Being part of the Youth Parliament is an amazing experience where you can meet new people and truly make a difference.
“Mostly the role is about helping improve Hartlepool but that’s not all we do. I have been to votes and conventions about the environment, education, knife crime and much more – all of which have ended in a new law being passed by the Government or an old one being changed.
“You can have a chance to speak before governors, MPs and the Prime Minister. You can truly make a change.”