Q& A with an MYP

The Week - Junior - - All About The Uk Youth Parliament -

Abi­gail Charl­ton, 15, is the Mem­ber of Youth Par­lia­ment for New­cas­tle Upon Tyne. Here she ex­plains what in­spires her.

Why did you get in­volved in the Youth Par­lia­ment? I got in­volved be­cause it was the best place for me to make a change to my com­mu­nity. Grow­ing up in New­cas­tle, in the north-east, I al­ways as­sumed change was out of my con­trol, how­ever, get­ting the chance at be­ing on the Youth Par­lia­ment proved oth­er­wise.

How does it feel to be rep­re­sent­ing the views and con­cerns of oth­ers in your re­gion?

My com­mu­nity and area are in­cred­i­ble, and to be able to rep­re­sent them on such a level as I am is amaz­ing. I’m so proud to do so.

How do you feel look­ing ahead to the Youth Par­lia­ment sit­ting in the House of Com­mons? It’s in­cred­i­ble. To think that I’ll go from sit­ting in maths to sit­ting on the front benches of the House of Com­mons is un­be­liev­able. Of course, I’m very ner­vous as well.

What is the best thing about the Youth Par­lia­ment?

Meet­ing and in­ter­act­ing with such amaz­ing young peo­ple. The Youth Par­lia­ment are some of the most pas­sion­ate and in­spir­ing peo­ple I have ever met and they are part of the rea­son I love do­ing what I do. How­ever, I also adore be­ing able to show peo­ple how amaz­ing the north-east is, as a re­gion that is of­ten over­looked and un­der­rated. What do you hope to do once you fin­ish school?

I hope to be­gin my po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, in­flu­enc­ing change on the next level up. I also would like to go into hu­man rights, as a big pas­sion of mine is equal­ity for all, re­gard­less of back­ground. My big­gest goal is to in­flu­ence change for the peo­ple who got me here to­day. UK pol­i­tics is where I hope to end up, so watch this space.

Abi­gail Charl­ton

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