Northumberland Youth Parliament

The youth parliament is a national body that aims to improve the lives of young people and give them a voice.

Northumberland Youth Parliament aims to give young people a voice. Here you can find out about what the youth parliament is, and how to get involved.

What is Northumberland Youth Parliament?

Organised by young people, the parliament provides opportunities for today’s youth to use their voice and bring about change. 

It has four members; the members are elected by other young people in Northumberland. Two deputy members take office each year, joining two current members. 

Members are elected based on their manifestos for improving Northumberland. These manifestos outline what our young people are passionate about in the county, and the changes they would like to see. 

The elected members will represent Northumberland on a regional and national platform, working closely with the youth cabinet. Please click here for more information about Northumberland's youth cabinet.

The Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) in Northumberland are representatives on the UK Youth Parliament. Please click here for further information about UK Youth Parliament. 

Please explore the blue drop down boxes below to find out how to become a member. Check out the 'Frequently asked questions' tab for more information on age restrictions, voting, and elections. 


Contact us

For further information, please contact us:
  • Telephone: 01670 536400
  • Email: participation@northumberland.gov.uk
  • Postal address: Northumberland Youth Parliament, Northumberland Youth Service, Northumbria House, Manor Walks, Cramlington, NE23 6UR.
Elections are held every year, usually in December. In each election, two places for deputy members are available. In their second year, they become full members.

Young people are encouraged to look on this website, and at school, for application forms. Using this form, young people can nominate themselves to be potential members of the youth parliament.

They’ll also have to think about issues to include in their manifesto. This should be based on what they feel is most important in Northumberland. After they have finished their manifestos, there is time dedicated to campaigning for votes.

On election day, students across Northumberland go to the ballot box and cast their vote. The votes are then brought together and the two candidates with the highest number are elected.

The official term begins in February, with training taking place in January. Members get the chance to attend events, such as the annual sitting - a gathering of youth parliament members from around the country - and a visit to the House of Commons, where they can sit on the prestigious green benches.

If you are a young person, and you are interested in becoming a part of Northumberland's youth parliament, please contact us:
Email: participation@northumberland.gov.uk
How old do I have to be to vote?
Young people aged 11-19 (school years 7-13) are eligible to vote.

How old do I have to be to stand as a candidate?
Young people aged 11-19 (school years 7-13) are eligible to stand for election; standing for election means you are attempting to win votes in order to be elected as a member of the youth parliament. Candidates must live in, work in, or attend education in Northumberland.

How long are Members of Youth Parliament elected for?
Members of the youth parliament serve a term of two years. In the first year, they are deputy members. In their second year, they become full members.

Where can I read about the people standing for election?
Posters with every candidate and their policies are sent to all schools to be displayed. They can also be found here, on our youth parliament website, as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds: Where can I vote?
Ballot boxes are placed in participating middle, special, secondary and high schools in Northumberland, as well as altetnative education providers. If you’re not in school, please contact us to get information on how and where to vote.
Email: participation@northumberland.gov.uk

How does voting work and who is elected?
Everyone eligible to vote in the youth parliament election can do so at their local polling station, such as your school. Each voter has one vote, and the two candidates with the most votes are elected. This voting system is known as ‘first past the post’.

How many people are on the youth parliament of Northumberland?
The parliament is made up of 4 members.

How often are the elections?
Elections are held every year, to elect two new deputy members to the youth parliament.

How do people put themselves forward to run in elections?
Keep checking on our social media pages, or alternatively, contact us to register your interest:
There are other groups in Northumberland, alongside the Northumberland Youth Parliament, that let you have your say.

Please click here to visit the Young People's Participation Homepage for more information and opportunities.