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UK Youth Parliament

Derbyshire Youth Council (DYC) has been involved in the annual UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) UK-wide ballot called 'Make your Mark'. Every year the UK Youth Parliament holds MYM ballot where all young people can vote on what they think Members of Parliament should campaign on for the year ahead.

In 2017 Derbyshire recorded a 21% turnout and members of the DYC have been working hard by campaigning in schools, colleges, skills festivals and shopping centres throughout Derbyshire. These figures put Derbyshire ninth in the top 20 areas based on number of votes collected.

Nationally the turnout was 16.20% with 954,766 votes cast. The east midlands turnout for 2017 was 51,638 recording an 11.95% turnout. 

The top five issues identified nationally were:

  • A curriculum to prepare us for life - schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum.
  • Transport - Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
  • Work Experience Hubs for 11-18 year olds: knowing where to find work experience can be challenging. Government should create an online space to help young people with this.
  • Protect LGBT People: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young people deserve to be treated the same as everyone else; and discrimination needs to be challenged.
  • Votes for 16. Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections and referendums.

On 10 November 2017 members of the UKYP came together to debate and decide at the UKYP House of Commons sitting the most important issues to campaign on for the year ahead. 

These were:

  • votes for 16 (167 votes)
  • a curriculum for life (148 votes)
  • protect LGBT people (80 votes)
  • work experience hubs (64 votes)
  • transport (46 votes).

The two most important issues voted on were:

  • Votes at 16 - Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections and referendums. This will be the BYC Campaign for the UKYP 2018.
  • A curriculum to prepare us for life - schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum. This will be one of the DYC manifesto pledges chosen for 2018- 2019 campaign.

Samantha-Rose Beacham from South Derbyshire, formally representing William Allitt School, opened the event in Parliament by reading a letter from Teresa May Prime Minister welcoming the delegates from around the country. This opportunity was in recognition of Samantha-Roses' achievement by facilitating and collecting 13,377 votes in the Make Your Mack ballot.  

Lawrence Filipe from North East and Bolsover, formally from Fredrick Gents School South Normanton and Rosie Glossop, formally from St Mary's Catholic High School, both spoke in opposition to the work experience hubs and the transport motions.

Callum Ellis from North East and Bolsover representing Heritage High School, gave a speech to the House on the 50th Anniversary of the Decriminalisation of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 in support of and to protect LGBT people which was televised on BBC Parliament.