Four Nottinghamshire teenagers take part in a debate in the Houses of Parliament this week about issues that most matter to today’s young people.
Kirsty Withell, aged 15, from Langold, Worksop is heading down to London on Friday, November 13, to take part in the annual Make Your Mark campaign debate tomorrow being hosted by the United Kingdom Youth Parliament.
Councillor Liz Plant, vice-chairman of the children and young people’s committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are very pleased that record numbers of young people in the county have taken part in the Make Your Mark ballot to make their voices heard. The debate in the House of Commons also enables our young people within the Youth Parliament to discuss the issues that most interest our young people so it is a major event for the UK Youth Parliament and our local representatives taking part.”
The four; Aimee Johnson, 14, from Hucknall, Sami Ayoub, aged 14, from Beeston, Florence Orchard, aged 14, from Arnold, and Kirsty will represent the views of the county’s teenagers alongside around 250 young people from across the county. The four are members of Nottinghamshire Youth Parliament which holds its meetings at County Hall.
Record numbers of teenagers across the county took part in the Make Your Mark campaign to make their views heard on a range of topics earlier this year with 12,340 young people taking part. Issues highlighted as part of the campaign which will be discussed in the House of Commons include the Living Wage, mental health issues and transport.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s youth service is supporting the Nottinghamshire Youth Parliament team during their two-year term in office. The other members of the Notts Youth Parliament are Murad Kamali (Mansfield), Tom Morell (Newark), Jack Dobson (Rushcliffe) and Dylan Wilson, of the Pioneers group representing young people with disabilities.
In the Make Your Mark ballot, young people across the country were asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP). Voting took place both online and through ballot papers issues in schools and youth centres. All young people aged 11-18 in the UK were able to take part.