Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Youth Parliament calls on young people to ‘Make their Mark

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) today launched ‘Make Your Mark’, a UK-wide ballot which gives young people aged 11-18 the chance to decide what Members of Youth Parliament should debate and vote on -during their sitting in the House of Commons this November – to be their campaign for the year ahead.

On 23rd November 2012 Members of Youth Parliament will debate the top four issues chosen by young people in the ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot, at their sitting in the House of Commons to be chaired by Rt. Hon John Bercow MP. At the Commons sitting one topic will be chosen to be UKYP’s national campaign for 2013. Last year the debate was attended by the Leader of the House of Commons Sir George Young, Shadow Leader Angela Eagle MP, and Children’s Minister Tim Loughton MP.

Voters are required to choose what they consider the most important issue for young people in the UK from 15 options on the ‘Make Your Mark ballot paper, including calls for measures to address youth unemployment, same sex marriage to be legalised, and votes for 16 year olds.

The ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot is open for voting until 12th October 2012. Five hundred thousand ballot papers have been delivered to local authorities, schools, and youth clubs across the UK, and young people can also cast their vote online at: www.mi-vote.com/mym

For further information contact Maurice McLaughlin Regional Coordinator United Kingdom Youth Parliament – mauricem@niyf.org – 02890331990 – 07587248680

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