‘I’m in­spired to help our young peo­ple’

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­er­ClayRWWN

HAL­TON’S Mem­ber Of Youth Par­lia­ment (MYP) has rep­re­sented the bor­ough’s young peo­ple in the na­tional arena.

Ewan Jago was among more 250 MYPs who headed to the UK Youth Par­lia­ment’s 17th an­nual sit­ting en­sur­ing that Hal­ton’s young peo­ple had a say in the group’s pol­icy mak­ing pro­cesses.

The next gen­er­a­tion’s lead­ers gath­ered at Liver­pool Hope Univer­sity to de­bate pol­icy ideas and cam­paigns for the year ahead.

Or­gan­is­ers said the sit­ting gives teenagers the chance to pro­mote their vi­sion for a bet­ter coun­try and world.

There are no po­lit­i­cal par­ties or ad­ver­sar­ial op­po­si­tion at UK Youth Par­lia­ment, but ev­ery­one has a vote and em­pha­sis is on per­sua­sion, con­sen­sus and re­searched ar­gu­ments.

The three-day res­i­den­tial was opened by Vimla Ap­padoo, who told the sit­ting about her ex­pe­ri­ences vol­un­teer­ing with the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust.

John Ber­cow MP, Speaker Of The House Of Com­mons, who has spo­ken at ev­ery an­nual sit­ting since his first elec­tion, also ad­dressed the ses­sion, giv­ing an im­pas­sioned speech about the im­por­tance of young peo­ple hav­ing a voice.

To close the sit­ting, Mar­garet Aspinall CBE, Hills­bor­ough Fam­ily Sup­port Group chair­woman told her story and spoke about the value of per­se­ver­ance when fight­ing for jus­tice.

Dur­ing the week­end, is­sues such as sup­port for young car­ers, boost­ing health­care ser­vices, sup­port­ing Euro­pean Union na­tion­als af­ter Brexit and pro­tect­ing les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der res­i­dents ● all fea­tured.

Ewan and his Hal­ton Youth Cabi­net col­leagues will be busy in com­ing weeks try­ing to achieve a strong turnout among the bor­ough’s young peo­ple in the an­nual UK Youth Par­lia­ment Make Your Mark bal­lot to de­cide the na­tional cam­paigns for the next school year. ●

Ewan, 14, said: “Be­ing able to meet up with all my fel­low MYPs from across the UK was bril­liant.

“We all got to share ideas, make plans and learn a lot about each other but more im­por­tantly put real fo­cus on how to make the lives of the UK’s youth bet­ter.

“I’ve come away in­spired to make sure that Hal­ton’s young peo­ple are seen, heard and lis­tened to and I will be work­ing hard to en­sure that they are well rep­re­sented in this year’s Make Your Mark bal­lot.

“I can’t wait to meet up with my fel­low MYPs again at the House Of Com­mons in Novem­ber to help de­cide our na­tional cam­paigns for the com­ing year.”

Cllr Tom McIn­er­ney (chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies), said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see young peo­ple so in­volved in pol­i­tics.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about UK Youth Par­lia­ment and how to take part con­tact Hal­ton Youth Cabi­net on enquiries@haltonyc.com, call 01928 240 406 or check out the web­site www.haltonyc.com

Hal­ton Bor­ough Council’s Mem­ber Of Youth Par­lia­ment, Ewan Jago went to the UK Youth Par­lia­ment An­nual Sit­ting en­sur­ing that Hal­ton’s young peo­ple had a say in the group’s pol­icy mak­ing pro­cesses. Pic­tured is NW Group Sun­day with Ewan, third from left

The Satur­day group of North West MYPs are pic­tured at the Youth Par­lia­ment sit­ting in Liver­pool

Ewan Jago, 14, at the Youth Par­lia­ment sit­ting in Liver­pool

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