Young politicians to take part in ballot

Abjol Miah, from Blyth, and Alnwick's Annabelle Cooper, who are taking part in the annual Make your Mark ballot.
Abjol Miah, from Blyth, and Alnwick's Annabelle Cooper, who are taking part in the annual Make your Mark ballot.
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Youngsters of a a Northumberland youth parliament will take part in the UK’s largest youth consultation.

Abjol Miah, from Blyth, and Alnwick’s Annabelle Cooper, who are elected members of the UK youth parliament (MYP) from Northumberland, are taking part in the annual Make your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.

In a ballot, which will run until October 19, young people across the country are being asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK youth parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons on November 13.

There will be ten topics available to choose from on the initial Make your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by members of the youth parliament in their November debate which will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

Fifteen-year-old Abjol, said: “Make your Mark allows young people to have their views heard clearly on a national platform.

“ It also means young people engage earlier on in life with non-party politics.

“Being in such a dispersed constituency like Northumberland, we want to make sure our efforts can be truly representative of young people across the county?

“We believe the answer is yes – with the Make your Mark ballot.”

The youth parliament in Northumberland is supported by Northumberland County Council’s youth service.