‘I’m inspired to help our young people’
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 email@example.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