Young people are being urged to get involved with politics

Nominations are open for Suffolk's Youth Parliament. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Nominations are open for Suffolk's Youth Parliament. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Young people in Suffolk are being encouraged to get involved with politics as nominations open for Suffolk’s Youth Parliament.

Those aged 11-18 have until January 7 to submit their nominations. The UK Youth Parliament is the largest elected body of young people in the UK who influence policy.

It is made up of elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) and Deputies - they meet up locally and nationally to give young people a voice.

Currently there are two MYPs in Suffolk however, up to 15 MYPs and Deputies will be appointed in February during the elections.

Gordon Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills at Suffolk County Council, said: “I would always encourage young people to get involved in politics and UK Youth Parliament is a great opportunity for young people to be a part of important decisions made both locally and nationally.

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“Being a MYP gives young people a powerful voice to present views, opinions and issues of Suffolk’s residents to local decision makers. Elected MYPs will demonstrate a passion and energy to drive real change for the better.”

MYPs help run Make Your Mark - the UK’s largest youth consultation, which reaches out to young people who go on to be opinion formers and leaders of the future. The results of the consultation are used to develop services locally and nationally.

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There are also opportunities to attend British Youth Council conventions and attend the Make Your Mark debate in the House of Commons.

The young people are given the opportunity to meet new people, make lasting friends and make a difference.

Current MYP Meg Day said: “Youth Parliament has given me so many opportunities and experiences that wouldn’t have been offered to me otherwise. I’ve met like-minded people from up and down the country and made some of the best friendships I’ve ever had.”

To apply you must live in the area, be aged between 11-18, and be able to commit to seven hours a month to Suffolk UKYP.

You will need to produce a short video or a written manifesto, addressing three areas they are passionate about and would like to change in their local area and submit it by January 7. Visit the website for details.

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