Youth gets a say on parliament topics

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Young people in Lancashire are being given the chance to have their say on what topics are to be discussed at a special session of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) to be held in the House of Commons.

A ballot, called “Make Your Mark”, running until Friday October 9th, will give young people across the country the chance to say what issues matter most to them.

Ballot papers are issued in schools and youth centres and votes can be cast online at

The result will influence what topics are debated by the Youth Parliament at the session in the House of Commons on November 10th.

Ellie Bradley, from Wyre, one of Lancashire’s Members of Youth Parliament, said: “This is a great opportunity to be able to input to government choices and decisions that will affect our lives.

“I think it is really important that all young people have the opportunity to vote for what really matters to them.

“This is what Make Your Mark is all about and why it is so important.”

Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 32,000 young people in Lancashire.

Young people will be able to choose from ten topics on the Make Your Mark ballot paper.

The five most popular topics with will be discussed by MYP’s in their November debate, chaired by Commons speaker John Bercow and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.