Monday, 1 October 2012

Herefordshire’s young people make their mark on big issues

Young people in Herefordshire are being given the chance to get their voices heard where it matters - in the House of Commons – by getting issues that affect them on the agenda.

Make Your Mark  is a UK-wide ballot which gives young people aged 11-18 the chance to decide what members of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) should debate and vote on during their sitting in the House of Commons this November.  The website lists a range of topics including calls for improving public transport and making it cheaper, an equal national minimum wage and votes for 16 year olds. Herefordshire Council is hoping that 5,000 young people will visit the site and vote for what matters most to them. 

The top four most voted for issues from across the UK will be debated at the Youth Parliament on 23rd November at their sitting in the House of Commons before one of the topics being chosen at the UKYP’s national campaign for next year.

The ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot is open for voting until 12th October 2012. Five hundred thousand ballot papers have been delivered to local authorities and schools across the UK, and young people can also cast their vote online at: www.mi-vote.com/mym

Herefordshire has two members of the UK Youth Parliament who are actively encouraging young people living in Herefordshire to vote online.  Martha Fish (15) who is a pupil at St Mary’s RC High School and Rachael Murtagn (15), a pupil at Weobley High school are busy setting assemblies and events in schools and are aiming to get 5,000 votes from young people in the county.

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