Student from Uckfield attends Annual Youth Parliament

AN UCKFIELD Community College student joins two more budding young campaigners to represent the views of local young people when she attends the 12th UK Annual Youth Parliament in Nottingham from July 27-29.

Lewes and Wealden MYP Isabella Wilson said: “I’m anticipating doing lots of work in order to do the best of the job we’ve been elected to do. Let’s see what we can make happen!”

Isabella, Solomon Curtis, MYP for Hastings, Bexhill and Upper Rother and Alasanna Jatta, MYP for Eastbourne and Coastal will take part alongside 250 other members. In Nottingham they will prepare for a House of Commons debate later this year where they will be welcomed by Commons Speaker John Bercow MP and campaigner Peter Tatchell. A keynote speech will be made by Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

The delegates will debate issues that affect young people and take part in workshops and skill sessions. They will also vote to decide which topics should be incorporated in the UKYP Manifesto. Following the event MYPs will vote on what issues from the Manifesto will be put to a national ballot of young people aged 11-18 across the UK to determine the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaign for 2013. The top five topics from this will be debated at the House of Commons sitting in November when one topic will be chosen to be UKYP’s priority campaign.