The youth parliament is a national body that aims to improve the lives of young people and give them a voice.
Record numbers of Northumberland pupils have voted to decide what is debated during the Youth Parliament Commons Debate.
Nearly 7,000 students across the county cast their vote in the national ballot which decides what the Youth Parliament will debate during a House of Commons sitting on Friday 11 November.
978,216 young people aged 11-18 voted across the country, prioritising education, racism and religious discrimination, public transport, votes at 16 and the health service to be discussed.
The topics will be discussed by up to 300 elected young representatives from all parts of the UK and will be chaired by Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and Speaker of the House of Commons.
Members of the Northumberland Youth Parliament, Jamie Macaulay, a student at Duchess Community High School and Abjol Miah, a student at Astley Community High School, will travel down to London together to join in the debate.
Councillor Robert Arckless, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The Make Your Mark ballot is a great way for young people to have a voice and to influence the things that matter to them most.
“We’ve seen a record amount of voters across the county this year and I’m delighted that Jamie and Abjol will be representing young people across Northumberland in the House of Commons.”
The winning topic across the country is a ‘curriculum for life’ which calls on schools to cover subjects such as finance, sex and relationships and politics to better prepare young people for life after school.
The annual Make Your Mark ballot, was championed by Members of Youth Parliament, volunteers across the country, local authorities and schools.
Rob Wilson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Civil Society, with responsibility for youth policy said: "Congratulations to the 978,216 young people who voted in this year’s Make Your Mark Ballot, and to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to get such a great turnout. It’s really important that young people engage in issues that are important to them and I'm really pleased that so many have chosen to do so through this year's ballot.”
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