Teenagers vot­ing on is­sues that mat­ter

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations -

LAN­CASHIRE’S young peo­ple have taken the op­por­tu­nity to vote on the is­sues that mat­ter most to them.

This year’s Make Your Mark cam­paign has seen 1,106,788 young peo­ple take part, mak­ing it one of the largest youth con­sul­ta­tions of its kind in UK his­tory, with 1 in 5 of all young peo­ple aged 11-18 tak­ing part.

This fol­lows the Make Your Mark bal­lot, which re­sulted in over 27,000 young peo­ple in Lan­cashire and over 230,000 in the North West vot­ing to de­cide which is­sues should be cam­paigned on.

The Make Your Mark bal­lot is sup­ported by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, schools, Par­lia­ment, the Bri­tish Youth Coun­cil and the De­part­ment for Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport.

It gives young peo­ple across the coun­try a say on what is to be de­bated on the green benches of the House of Com­mons by Mem­bers of Youth Par­lia­ment.

Each is­sue will be dis­cussed within the cham­ber on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9 dur­ing the UK Youth Par­lia­ment’s eighth sit­ting in the House of Com­mons.

This year’s de­bate is due to be chaired by John Ber­cow MP, Speaker of the House of Com­mons, who has chaired ev­ery de­bate in the House of Com­mons since their first sit­ting in 2009.

The top three is­sues will be men­tal health, end­ing knife crime, and equal pay and equal work.

Most of these is­sues are re­flected across the UK.

Over­all in the na­tional fig­ure has passed one mil­lion young peo­ple vot­ing for the first time.

County Cllr Susie Charles, cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren, young peo­ple and schools, said: “Once again the bal­lot achieved a re­ally high level of vot­ing.

“Young peo­ple both in Lan­cashire and across the coun­try have ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their opin­ions on the is­sues that they re­ally care about.

“Hope­fully the young peo­ple en­joyed de­bat­ing the is­sues.

“This was a tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­nity for them to have their say.

“The young peo­ple have played a part in real democ­racy.” More in­for­ma­tion about Lan­cashire’s Young Peo­ple’s team, part of the Chil­dren & Fam­ily Well­be­ing Ser­vice is avail­able on the county coun­cil’s web­site at www. lan­cashire.gov.uk/ yps

Mem­bers of Youth par­lia­ment at Lan­cashire County Hall where they an­nounced the Make Your Mark bal­lot re­sults

An on-screen dis­play showed the re­sults of an exit poll

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