UK Youth Parliament

Elections for UK Youth Parliament are taking place in February 2018!

Key for reading: MYP = Member of Youth Parliament  UKYP = UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

To be a member you must be elected by the current Hackney Youth Parliament in an official UKYP election.

  • Any young person who is a resident of the UK, and aged between 11 and 18 years old (inclusive) has the right to stand for election as an MYP.

What will I focus on as a Member of UKYP?

UKYP National Campaign for 2017-2018 – ‘Votes for 16 and 17 year olds in all public elections’

Over 978,000 young people voted in the UK Youth Parliaments ‘Make your Mark’ ballot, with over 112,000 young people voting to make ‘votes for 16 and 17 year olds’ as one of the top five priority issues.

Over 1.5 million 16 and 17-year-olds are not given the right to vote but are allowed by law to;

  • Give full consent to medical treatment;
  • Pay income tax and National Insurance
  • Obtain tax credits and welfare benefits in their own right
  • Consent to sexual relationships
  • Get married or enter a civil partnership, with parental consent

What happens if I get elected?

  • Once you are elected you will be expected to find out the concerns and needs of other young people
  • During you term of office you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of events projects and campaigns
  • Your MP will be keen to hear from you, and many MYPs develop a productive working relationship with their MP, often having regular meetings at the House of Commons
  • As an MYP you will also get an opportunity to attend between six and ten regional meetings during you term of office
  • Once a year the UKYP holds an Annual Sitting, which brings together all of the MYPs from across the whole of the UK, for a two day residential to receive training, plan campaigns, update the UKYP Manifesto and socialise

How much time do I need to commit?

  •  An MYP’s term of office lasts for one year. On average you will need to commit between one and five hours per week on UKYP activities.

What skills can I develop whilst being an MYP?

  • Communication skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Greater knowledge of politics and current affairs
  • The ability to look at an issue from someone else’s perspective
  •  Debating skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Negotiation skills

What should I do next?

If you want more information about standing as a candidate please contact: 

0208 356 6236

Additionally you can find out more about the UK Youth Parliament here!