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Young People in North Yorkshire Encouraged to Stand for Youth Parliament


1:32pm 20th February 2013

For young people aged between 11 and 17 with an ambition to stand for parliament - now’s your chance.

Nominations for elections to the UK Youth Parliament are currently taking place and in North Yorkshire they have been opened up to all young people of an eligible age to apply to represent the county.

Young people have the chance to submit their nomination until March 1st.  The nomination form can be found at  http://www.nyyc.co.uk/uk-youth-parliament-2/

Liam Cutler, vice-chair of the North Yorkshire Youth Council and a member of the Richmond Youth Council, is standing down from the UK Youth Parliament after being a member for two years.  He said: “It’s a really great opportunity to be the voice of young people.  I’ve taken part in successful campaigns, especially on cheaper public transport for young people, given radio interviews and taken part in debates in the Commons chamber.  It is hard work, but really worth it and a fantastic experience.”

The county’s young people are also being given the chance to directly influence Government policy on English schooling.

They are being urged to apply to sit on the House of Commons Youth Select Committee to consider and write a report about the school curriculum – a topic chosen by UK Youth Parliament representatives and the British Youth Council.                                                                                                                                                    

They will join a panel of eleven young people who will take and hear evidence before writing a report about the curriculum with recommendations to the Government. It will meet in one of the Committee rooms in the House of Commons in June and July 2013. Young people who apply must be able to commit to the dates outlined in the application form and be willing to volunteer about two hours a week to take part until September 2013.  Expenses are covered and members of the committee receive a certificate of participation.

As well as acquiring an invaluable insight into the workings of Parliament  the experience  is accredited through the BYC Youth Voice Award. Application forms need to be returned by March 11th and the successful candidates will by informed by 15th March.  For an informal discussion and further details, please contact: Paul Boskett MBE, Youth Democracy Manager at the British Youth Council paul.boskett@byc.org.uk  07507 639788

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said: “We hope many young people in North Yorkshire will put themselves forward to be a Member of the UK Youth Parliament or as a Member of the House of Commons Youth Select Committee.  They represent two great opportunities for young people to help to improve the communities they live in and to influence national policy.”

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