Youth Council

The Youth Council gives you the chance to have your say on local issues affecting you and your friends, allows you to meet decision-makers and help young people get their voices heard.

1. Have your say

Is the voice of young people being heard?

Are you aged 11 to 18?

Want to have your say about things that matter to you?

Got ideas to improve Westminster’s services for your needs?

Join the Youth Council to:

  • get involved in decisions that affect you
  • meet the people who make decisions in Westminster
  • get your voice heard and have your say

The council meets every Monday at City Hall from 5.30pm to 7.30 pm. To come along, contact John Nolan on jnolan@westminster.gov.uk or 020 7641 4030.

2. Youth Council

We are Westminster's Youth Council - a group of young people aged 11 to 19 who live in, go to school in, or are looked after by The City of Westminster.

We are the voice for young people in the borough, gathering your views and presenting them to decision-makers.

We regularly meet with decision-makers to give our opinions on policies, activities and services delivered in Westminster; we are also involved in recruiting staff for many of Westminster’s services.

Read more about the Youth Council

Joining the Youth Council

The Youth Council is open to all young people so join now to start making a difference!

To join or for more information, contact John Nolan on jnolan@westminster.gov.uk or 020 7641 4030.

3. Westminster Youth Elections

There are around 12,000 young people aged 11 to 18 in Westminster and every year you vote for your Youth MP and Deputy Youth MP.

In March 2016, over 6,000 young people voted in the youth elections. Hamza Taouzzale secured 2,702 votes to become Westminster’s Youth MP. Nishat Uddin became your Deputy Youth MP, closely followed by Jasmin Khatun and Salma Sajil.

2017 Youth Elections

We are now inviting any young people who would like to stand as a candidate in the 2017 Youth Elections to come forward. 

The next Youth MP and Member of Youth Parliament for Westminster will be elected at the end of February following a month of voting.

If you are aged 11-18 and live in Westminster, you are eligible to stand as a candidate.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next Youth MP, or you wish to nominate someone who would, then please contact John Nolan on jnolan@westminster.gov.uk or 020 7641 4030. Once agreed and confirmed, candidates will be given help and support with writing a manifesto and training in what it means to be the Youth MP for Westminster. The results will then be announced in a ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

 

4. UK Youth Parliament

As of October 2016, Westminster City Council joined the UK Youth Parliament following a vote from its Youth Council. The decision to join the Youth Parliament means that the council’s current Youth MP, Hamza Taouzzale, 16, has become an official Member of Youth Parliament (MYP).

Formed in 2000, the Youth Parliament has around 350 members, who are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government and service providers. Over 500,000 young people vote in the elections each year, which are held in at least 90 percent of constituencies. It is managed by the British Youth Council.

Members meet regularly to hold debates and plan campaigns at least three times locally a year and on a twice national level, which includes an annual debate within the Chamber of the House of Commons every November.

Those elected for UKYP hold the suffix of MYP (Member of the UK Youth Parliament) in their names.

2017 Member of Youth Parliament

The next Westminster MYP (Youth MP) will be elected in February 2017 during the council’s Youth Elections. Any young person aged 11-18 can stand or vote, and over the past two years, almost 20,000 young people in Westminster have voted.

The council is currently calling for young people who may be interested in standing as the MYP for Westminster in 2017.

If that is you, or you wish to nominate someone who would make a good Youth MP, then please contact John Nolan on jnolan@westminster.gov.uk or 020 7641 4030. Once confirmed as a candidate, you will be given help and support with writing a manifesto and training in what it means to be the Youth MP for Westminster. Voting for all young people in Westminster will then take place in February before the results are announced in a ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

5. Meet your Youth MPs

Youth MP, Hamza Taouzzale

Photo of Hamza Taouzzale, Youth MP for Westminster

“My first steps would be to improve our facilities such as parks, youth centres, libraries and, most importantly, I will make sure that we will feel safe as a community so we can have fun with no fear. I would target specific areas that we all deem need improving. This will be done through improving our relationships with the local council. I will make sure that there are regular meetings with authoritative figures in the area at least every term. These will be face-to-face meetings with members of the council and ourselves (the young people of Westminster). Dialogue is the way forward and our views will be heard.”

Email Hamza on westminsteryouthmp@westminster.gov.uk.

Deputy Youth MP, Nishat Uddin

“I have two major areas which I aim to focus on regarding our rights and responsibilities as the youth of Westminster: our mental health and our access to education to make informed opinions on the state of our nation and, in fact, the world.”

6. Working with the Youth Council

To consult and work with the Youth Council, please download and complete this application form. The form encourages you to think through the practicalities of the consultation and give us a clear idea of your intentions.

Last updated 29 November 2016