Youngsters To Vote For Youth Parliament

The Five Islands School

Youngsters in Scilly will be going to the polls on February 10th when pupils from the Five Islands School will elect a member of the Youth Parliament and their deputy.

The national Youth Parliament is not party political, but the local members, who can be aged up to 18, are elected through a democratic process.

Helen McGuinness from the Youth Hub is overseeing the process for the Council.

She says applicants need to deliver a campaign speech about why they would make an excellent MYP for Scilly and discuss what they see as the three key issues for young people here and nationally. Helen says they could also present how they can make a change if they are elected.

The successful candidate will meet counterparts from all over the South West in regular meetings in Taunton and there’ll be a long-weekend get-together where issues will thrashed out, this year in Dorset.

In November, Scilly’s Youth MP will join a debate on Parliament’s world-famous green benches.

Miranda Hygate participated in 2009 and Nathan Street in 2010. Nathan and Joshua Kirk were invited to attend the Queen’s formal lunch last June when she visited St Mary’s.

Helen says the process gives youngsters the experience of voting and they’ll borrow the Council’s polling booths for the ballot.

Previous MYPs have also included Alex Hygate and Charlie Bennett. Charlie was the first islander to hold the role in 2000 and stood independently before the Council administered the election process.

 



One Response to Youngsters To Vote For Youth Parliament

  1. Wendy Kroy January 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’m curious – budget cuts mean there’s less money available for school trips for the majority of children yet there’s still funding for an “MYP” and presumably his or her “Deputy” to travel to the mainland, presumably with an adult guardian, to attend meetings of the Youth “Parliament”. How much does it cost per year and which particular taxpayer funded budget is paying for it?