Three Freebrough Academy students standing for UK Youth Parliament

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council are running an election, with all schools in Redcar and Cleveland voting for their chosen Member of the UK Youth Parliament, to represent the local area.

 The MP and the Deputy MP will hold office for two years, representing all young people throughout the Borough. They will have many exciting experiences along the way, including a debate in the House of Commons.

Three of the seven candidates are students from Freebrough Academy, Eve K (Y9), Ashley S (Y9) and Ellie T (Y9), and we wish them luck in the election. The election will take place on Wednesday 22 February 2017 in participating schools across Redcar and Cleveland and the count will take place the following day.

At Freebrough, voting will take place at tutor time and every student will have an anonymous ballot paper. 

We are very proud of our students and look forward to finding out who will be representing our local area!

 “UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.”- www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk

What is a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP)?

  • The most important aspect of any MYPs job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency. Any MYP can set up a campaign, and any young person can support it and make a difference.
  • A Member of Youth Parliament or MYP is someone who represents the views of young people in their constituency (local area – yours would be Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council) and makes sure their views are represented and nationally.
  • Once elected MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.
  • During your term of office, MYPs work with their MPs, decision makers, councillors and local youth groups on the issues of greatest concern to their constituents.
  • Nationally, the views of young people are represented in the UKYP manifesto, which contains statements on the issues MYPs think are most important.
  • MYPs across the UK work to give young people a voice listening to marginalised groups, organising events, making films, meeting MPs, lobbying for change, organising campaigns and appearing in the media, all to amplify the views of their peers.
  • There is an annual sitting which you will be required to attend.

Source of Information – www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk