Darlington youngsters urged to represent their town as a member of Youth Parliament (From The Advertiser Series)
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Darlington youngsters urged to represent their town as a member of Youth Parliament
11:48am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
POLITICIANS of the future are being given the opportunity to represent their town in the Young People's Parliament.
Applications to represent Darlington next year as the town’s member of Youth Parliament (MYP) have now opened and remain open until November 30, in preparation for elections between February 24 and February 28 next year.
The role is voluntary and open to people aged between 11 and 17 who live in the borough and have a genuine interest in representing Darlington at a local, regional and national level.
The role will include meeting MPs and local councillors, holding events and running campaigns.
The current MYP, Emily O’Hara said: “It has been a great experience, I’ve met a lot of great people and had an insight into what happens in Darlington. I’ve gained a lot of skills that will help me in life. I’d definitely recommend it to young people.”
The successful candidate will get the chance to debate a wide range of issues which have been voted on by youngsters across the country, from votes for 16-year-olds to bullying in school.
Leader of Darlington Borough Council, councillor Bill Dixon said: “This is an excellent opportunity for young people to get involved in politics and to stand up for the issues that affect them and their town.”
Cyndi Hughes, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I know that there are many young people in Darlington who are passionate about the town and the issues that affect young people across the country.
“I hope to see strong participation from Darlington’s youngsters.”
For more information and nomination forms contact Andy Whittam on 07949 518506 or email email@example.com
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