Young people can come forward as borough's next Member of Youth ParliamentBy Laura Herbert
October 19, 2012
Young people can now apply to become the next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in Wokingham.
Sumaiya Karim and Charlotte Pugsley, the current MYP and deputy, will end their term of office at the end of February and applications from young people to be their successors are now being accepted.
Young people in the borough elect an MYP, aged between 11 and 18 years, every year and they become a member of the UK Youth Parliament. The MYPs also provide a voice for young people in local democracy and are members of the Children’s Trust Board.
Sumaiya, 16, said: “It has been an exciting year so far and now I’m more excited than ever. After the annual sitting with all the MYPs from the UK, the Make Your Mark campaign is live. This is where the young people of Wokingham Borough can play their part, by voting now on what they think are the most important issues.
“The top five issues will be debated in the Houses of Common in November and I am hoping to be elected as a debate lead.”
Deputy MYP Charlotte, also 16, added: “Being a deputy MYP is a challenge that is so enjoyable and is extremely rewarding. Learning about the issues surrounding transport for Wokingham Borough’s young people has been enlightening, including meeting with the council’s transport department.”
Young people have until Wednesday, October 31, to apply to be the MYP and decide what issues they would like to campaign on.
Application forms can be downloaded from www.activeyouth.co.uk, call Sharon Holder on 07714 226731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The voting week will be held from the December 10 to 16 with the results declared on Wednesday, December 19. The newly elected MYP and deputy will take up their term of office from March 1.