UK Youth Parliament - Leeds

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Applications now open to run for Youth Parliament 2018-2020​

We are now accepting applications to become a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Leeds for 2018 to 2020. Any young person in Leeds aged 11-18 can run for election. Potential candidates are encouraged to read the new detailed election pack before completing their application. Completed application forms must be received by Friday 5th January 2018. 

The ten candidates shortlisted for the election will then go on to the public vote which will run on this website from 15th January to 15th February.

If you would like to promote the UKYP elections to any young people we have also produced a promotional flyer​ containing the key information.

Finally, if you are interested in applying we would encourage you to attend the "What to expect" session Tuesday 5th December 5 to 6.30pm at Leeds Civic Hall. More details are on the above flyer.

UK Youth Parliament in Leeds

Every two years, young people vote for their four Members of Youth Parliament to represent them at a local, ​regional and national level.

The current Members of Youth Parliament for Leeds are Charlotte Williams, Muzdalfa Ahmed, Liberty Branston and Scarlet Rowe​. They will be in position until 28th February 2018.

Current local and national campaign
 
This years' local campaign has been tackling racial and religious discrimination. The Voice, Influence and Change Team worked with Members of Youth Parliament to plan and deliver an event during the summer for youth groups called #LetsTackleIt followed with week-long targeted social media campaign designed to challenge discrimination.

The event and campaign were in direct response to the Make Your Mark 2016 local results and the findings from the secondary youth voice summits in 2016, where 98 young people from 18 schools shared their top ideas for tackling discrimination which included cultural events bringing people together. 

film of the event has been made which you can view the film by clicking on the image below -  and you can also check out our event and campaign report available online



Schools, youth groups and professionals are also encouraged to read the Youth Select Committee recommendations report for tackling racism and religious discrimination.

Recording all hate incidents, bullying and prejudice-based incidents is also one of the ways in which a school or any other service may show that it has ‘due regard ’ for fostering good relations, as well as eliminating bullying, discrimination, harassment and victimisation and thus demonstrate compliance with the Equality Act 2010. You can report any hate crime incidents here

The current national campaign is Votes @ 16,  giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in local and national elections as well as in referendums. Leeds' Members of Youth Prarliament made a deputation to a full council meeting in July 2017 where they won the formal support of Leeds City Council. The Leader of the Council, Judith Blake has since written a letter to the government to pledge Leeds' support for Votes at 16.
 
How to become an MYP for Leeds
 
The next UKYP elections in Leeds will be in January 2018 with the new MYPs being announced on 20th Febuary. If you are aged 11-18 an interested in running for election you can email vic@leeds.gov.uk to make sure you are sent the application form as soon as it becomes available in December.
 
We'd also encourage you to attend our "What To Expect" session being held on 5th December 2017 at Leeds Civic Hall
 
Previous Campaigns

2011-12 Cheaper public transport 
2012-13  Cheaper public transport
2013-14  A Curriculum for Life / Votes @ 16
2014-15  Better mental health services for young people
2015-16 Tackling Racial and Religious Discrimination
View the #LetsTackleIt film or read the event report
 

Contact info and further links

Email at: vic@leeds.gov.uk  
Tweet us at: @LeedsYouthVoice
www.ukyouthparliament.org ​​​​​​​

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