UK Youth Parliament - East Riding Elections

Young people across the East Riding who want to make a positive change in the area they live and be a voice for young people have been invited to stand as candidates for election to the UK Youth Parliament.

What is the UK Youth Parliament?

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. It is run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for young people aged 11-18 years old to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in East Riding of Yorkshire are elected bi-annually and serve a two year term of office. They are elected via a county wide vote to represent the voice of young people in East Riding of Yorkshire on a local, regional and national level.

In East Riding of Yorkshire, we will have two MYPs and two deputy MYPs (DMYPs).

What does a member of the UK Youth Parliament do?

Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) have an important role to play representing young people in the East Riding:

  • MYPs from across the UK, work to give young people a voice
  • East Riding MYPs will represent the young people of the East Riding at regional, national and sometimes international events
  • They get to sit in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster and vote on issues that are important to young people and help make a positive change for everyone.

What are the benefits of being part of the UK Youth Parliament

Being part of the UK Youth Parliament is a fun experience presenting young people with a range of new enjoyable challenges:

  • UK Youth Parliament empowers young people to take positive action within their local communities based upon issues of shared concern.
  • UK Youth Parliament gives the young people of the UK an opportunity to be involved in a democratic process at a national level.
  • Playing an active role in local issues.

How do I register as a candidate for the UK Youth Parliament?

Any young person aged between 11 to 18 and who live, work, be educated or volunteer in the East Riding for 14+ hours a week is eligible to put themselves forward as a candidate.

The East Riding will be electing two young people to be members of the UK Youth Parliament as well as two deputy members.

Anyone who would like more information about standing as a candidate should contact Detty Tyler, children and young people’s services co-ordinator at Community VISION:

detty@ervas.org.uk

The closing date for people to register as candidates is Wednesday, 6 December 2023.

Where can I find more information on the candidates?

There are nine candidates standing for election as East Riding representatives on the UK Youth Parliament.

To ensure fairness, all candidates are to remain anonymous and will be voted on their election promises in their manifestos.

The manifestos can be viewed on the Volunteen website via the link below:

East Riding Candidates for UK Youth Parliament (2024)

The successful candidates will be announced at an event at Beverley Memorial Hall on Thursday, 7 March, 2024.

Who is eligible to vote?

All young people between the ages of 11 and 18 and who live, work, are educated or volunteer in the East Riding for 14+ hours a week will be eligible to vote.

How do I vote?

Schools across the East Riding will be holding elections on-site week commencing Monday, 28 January and all young people between the ages of 11 and 18 and who live, work, are educated or volunteer in the East Riding for 14+ hours a week will be eligible to vote.

Those young people who are not educated in a school setting or are in Post-16 provision will be sent voting details directly through the post.

All votes must be cast by Friday, 9 February.

Youth Parliament nominations 2023-24

What is the 'Make Your Mark' campaign?

As well as electing representatives for the UK Youth Parliament, those eligible to vote will also be asked to take part in the Make Your Mark campaign and vote on a number of issues they feel are important to them across the UK and locally.

The issues, which have been agreed by the British Youth Council, will be printed on the ballot papers and will be included on the online voting link sent directly to Post-16 students who are not in a school setting.

For more information visit:

UK Youth Parliament's Make Your Mark (external website)

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