The council’s Youth Council has now joined the UK Youth Parliament following a vote from its members and young people. This means that the current Youth MP, Hamza Taouzzale is the official representative for the UK Youth Parliament.
As an MYP, Hamza joined a debate in the House of Commons today (Friday 11 November). The debate focussed on five issues that have been chosen as priorities for the Youth Parliament and ended with the young people voting to choose the top two campaign issues for the year ahead.
Hamza said: “Joining the UK Youth Parliament is one of the key highlights of my time as Youth MP. It has allowed me to go into the House of Commons and genuinely feel like we are shaping the national agenda for youth issues. 2017 will be very different for the next Youth MP, as being part of the UK Youth Parliament will change the work they do and the impact that they can have on a national scale. We have the chance to truly put Westminster on the map in terms of representing young people on the UK stage.”
The UK Youth Parliament’s ‘sitting’ in the House of Commons marks the start of Parliament Week, a UK-wide week of events and activities designed to get young people more interested in politics, Parliament and democracy.
Cllr Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Westminster City Council said: “It is fantastic that our Youth MP is getting this unique experience of speaking and debating in the House of Commons. It has already been a busy and productive year for our Youth Council, and attending events such as this is one of the many ways our young people are helping to create fantastic opportunities for the young people of Westminster.”
The next Youth Elections will take place in February 2017, and we the council is already looking for young people who wish to stand to put themselves forward.
Any young person aged 11-18 can stand (as well as vote), and over the past two years, almost 20,000 young people in Westminster have voted.
To find out more about the Youth Council or to ask about how to stand as a Youth MP candidate, then please contact John Nolan on firstname.lastname@example.org.