Young people go to the polls

Author: Nick Griffin


Voting is underway to select new members of the UK Youth Parliament.

Young people across the borough will be taking part in the poll which got underway on Monday 22 February and will close at midnight on Monday 7 March.

Results of the online vote will be announced at a special results evening on 14 March at the North London Business Park.

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

This year 24 candidates have entered the race for election.

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.

Last year almost 11,000 young people took part in the vote.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Chairman of the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, said: “I would like to wish all the candidates the very best of luck as voting gets underway.

“The UK Youth Parliament is a really valuable opportunity for young people to get involved in the democratic process, acquire new skills and make their voice heard on issues which they care passionately about.

“It’s fantastic to see so many young people putting themselves forward as candidates and wanting to represent the views of their peers.”

For more information on the candidates visit the Barnet UKYP website