Jeff urges young people to vote in ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is urging young people in south Manchester to vote for the issues to be debated at this years UK Youth Parliament session on November 9th.

Young people aged 11-18 are invited to take part in the ballot to shortlist what is debated in the House of Commons by Members of Youth Parliament later this year.  The annual ballot, which has taken place since 2011, contains 10 policies voted for by Members of Youth Parliament including ending period poverty, mental health in schools, tackling homelessness and adapting the curriculum.

The issues with the most votes will be debated with Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, who is due to attend the UK Youth Parliament’s House of Commons Sitting and will reply on behalf of the Government. 

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith said: 

“The Youth Parliament offers young people the chance to take the issues that matter to them directly to the Government. 

At the same time, Youth Parliament gives decision makers a direct insight into the priorities of young people, which are too often neglected here in Westminster. 

It all depends, though, on young people getting involved so please do vote for the issues that matter to you and encourage your friends to do the same!” 

Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: 

“The Make Your Mark ballot is an excellent opportunity for millions of young people across the UK to celebrate the democratic process and make their voices heard.  

“Last year, almost a million young people voted for the crucial motions to be debated by Members of Youth Parliament, and this year looks like it will be no different. I look forward to welcoming the Members of the Youth Parliament and presiding over some truly inspiring debates.”

The deadline for submissions is 10 October,young people can vote here.

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