County's youth vote on issues

Record numbers of Northumberland pupils have voted on what they would like to see discussed during this year's UK Youth Parliament debate.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 1:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:20 pm
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Nearly 7,000 students across the county participated in the national ballot, which decides what will be debated during the House of Commons sitting on Friday.

A total of 978,216 young people aged 11 to 18 voted across the country. An education issue, tackling racism and religious discrimination, public transport, lowering the voting age to 16 and cuts to the NHS were chosen to be the agenda subjects.

They will be discussed by up to 300 elected young representatives and the session will be chaired by John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons. The Northumberland Youth Parliament representatives at the sitting will be Abjol Miah (a student at Astley High School, Seaton Delaval) and Jamie Macaulay (Duchess’s High School, Alnwick).

The annual Make Your Mark ballot was championed by Youth Parliament members, volunteers across the UK, local authorities and schools.

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, said it’s a great way for young people to have a say on the things that matter to them most.

“I’m delighted that Jamie and Abjol will be representing young people across the county,” he added.