Q& A with an MYP
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.