County teens help set debate

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Young people across Lincolnshire are being asked to choose topics for debate at the next UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on November 14.

The Make your Mark ballot takes place annually, last year a record 478,632 young people aged 11 – 18 voted on their priority campaigns for the Youth Parliament. This year, Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) are aiming to double that, and hoping that one million young people will take part.

They’ll be asked to choose from 10 hot topics including:

Giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in elections and referendums.

Introducing a life skills curriculum covering topics like finance, sex and relationships, education and politics.

Paying everyone the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour (£8.80 in London).

Providing a decent standard of living to everyone in work.

Deputy Member of Lincolnshire Youth Parliament Alexander Kirk,16, said: “Make your Mark gives young people the chance to be involved in issues and vote on topics to be debated in Parliament. I believe strongly that young people should vote; this is showing the Westminster establishment that we do have a voice and we know how to use it.”

Several schools across the county are encouraging pupils to vote, including the Grantham Priory Ruskin Academy. Vicki Geeson, a member of staff at the school, said: “The Priory Ruskin Academy are very happy to be taking part in such a worthwhile event, to enable our students to have a voice.”

Online voting closes on October 10, with paper ballots due back by October 6. To find out more visit http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/teeninfolincs/your-voice/