UK Youth Parliament – Local MP encourages Basingstoke students to have their say

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller is encouraging local students to get involved with the UK Youth Parliament’s annual campaign ‘Make Your Mark’.

'Make Your Mark' is a UK-wide ballot which gives young people aged 11-18 the chance to decide what Members of Youth Parliament should debate during their sitting in the House of Commons on 8 November. During the sitting Members of the UK Youth Parliament will choose one of the topics as their national campaign and another as their England-only campaign for 2019. The ballot includes issues such as knife crime, the environment, mental health in schools and hate crime,  and runs until 9th October.

Maria said: “ The Make Your Mark ballot provides a fantastic opportunity for young people across the UK to engage with Parliament and the democratic process. It  gives them the chance to declare which issues are their biggest priority and to influence the government and decision makers in their local communities.”

“I would encourage schools, colleges and youth groups to get involved with the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.”

More information is available at www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk.