Parliamentarians of the future sought

Author: Nick Griffin


Young people across Barnet are being encouraged to get involved in the 2016 UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) elections due to be held in February and March.

All young people aged between 11 and 18 years old, who live, work or learn in Barnet, can stand for election as a Member of the Youth Parliament to represent other young people on the local and national stage.

There are four positions as a Member of the Youth Parliament up for grabs, with members serving for one year.

Would-be candidates have until 9pm on 5 February 2016 to register.

UKYP candidates will take part in a debate at Woodhouse College on 10 February before online voting gets underway between 22 February and 7 March.

The election results will be announced on 14 March at a special results evening at Hendon Town Hall.

Last year 35 candidates entered the race to become a member of the UKYP with almost 11,000 young people taking part in the vote.

The UKYP was established in 1999 and is run by young people for young people, giving them the opportunity to share their opinions on issues ranging from the cost of university education to job opportunities and mental health.

Its views and recommendations are listened to by local and national government and providers of services and other organisations which have an interest in the views and needs of young people.

For more information and to register as a candidate visit the Barnet Council website, call 020 8359 4373  or email the council. 

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Chairman of the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, said: “UK Youth Parliament elections are a valuable opportunity for young people to get involved in the democratic process, acquire new skills and make their voice heard on issues they and their peers care passionately about.

“I would like to encourage as many young people as possible to get involved and I look forward to welcoming our new members of the Youth Parliament.”