Youth politicians express grown-up views

Civic Offices
Civic Offices

City youth politicians represented the views of thousands of young people from across Milton Keynes at the UK Youth Parliament’s Annual Summit.

Elizabeth Beale 15, and Graham Findlay 17, joined Members of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to tackle and raise the profile of issues facing young people of today.

The three day event included debates on current issues such as lowering the voting age to 16, university tuition fees, transport provision for young people and other topical issues on the environment, health, crime and education.

The annual summit took place on July 22 to July 24 with over 300 members of the UKYP. Guest speakers included Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, John Bercow MP, Iby Knill MP, and Natashca Engel MP.

“Graham and I thoroughly enjoyed the event and feel that whilst voting we represented what our constituents believed. We look forward to taking lots of the new ideas and contacts home to Milton Keynes.”, said Elizabeth Beale.

“It was an amazing experience to hear important decision makers talk about what mattered to young people and how they will continue to support the UKYP”, said Graham Findlay.

The programme has helped shape the UKYP Manifesto, campaigns and calls for action and helped the UK Youth Parliament prepare for their annual debate in the House of Commons Chamber in the autumn.