Teens urged to stand for Youth Parliament

TEENAGERS in Ashfield who want to make a difference to their communities are being urged to stand in the UK Youth Parliament elections.

The successful candidate will represent the district for the next two years and will focus on the issues faced by young people.

There are eight positions available in the county, with each district having a representative. There is also a representative for young people with learning difficulties.

Michaela May is the UK Youth Parliament representative for Ashfield and she said that she was proud of her achievements, especially in raising awareness about domestic violence.

Michaela, from Hucknall, said: “It was one of my key manifesto issues and we have put together a DVD which will be used in schools, youth clubs and libraries to help young people cope with domestic violence and make them aware of agencies that are available to offer advice.

“I tried to speak to as many young people as possible during my term in office and I would encourage anyone who thinks they can make a difference in their local area to put themselves forward for election.”

Peter Cook, a team leader for Nottinghamshire County Council’s youth service and election organiser, said: “Being a member of the Youth Parliament gives you a strong assertive voice and you will have the ears of local and national politicians and those who provide services for young people.”

It is open to people aged between 11 and 16 and entries must be received by 20th July.

For details call 01623 411300 or email peter.cook@nottscc.gov.uk.