Local young people visit House of Commons to debate issues important to them

23 November 2018

Members of the Cheshire West and Chester Council Youth Senate and the UK Youth Parliament visited the House of Commons last week to debate the top issues raised by young people in the national annual Make Your Mark ballot. 
Jessica Leigh from Wincham and Tommy Wallis from Ellesmere Port, aged 17 and 15, travelled to London to take part in the UK Youth Parliament debate on Friday 9 November. 
Councillor Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our young people. To be able to take part in a debate in the House of Commons is amazing. Our Youth Senate members are truly inspiring and this experience is invaluable.
“We are very proud of Jessica and Tommy and all our young people involved with the Youth Senate. This year we had over one million young people nationally submitting a vote, the largest ever turn out for the Make Your Mark ballot. It’s really important to hear the voices of local young people so we can work with organisations to make change.”
Tommy Wallis, UK Member of Youth Parliament, said, “I have gained a genuine insight as to what Members of Parliament go through every day and how the system works. I voted on issues namely votes at 16 and mental health.  It has impacted me so as I have decided that politics is definitely a career that I want to pursue.” 
The Youth Senate worked in partnership with The British Youth Council earlier this year to encourage young people, aged between 11 and 18, to take part in Make Your Mark. 
The top five issues for young people in west Cheshire are:
  • Mental health (1,127 votes)
  • End Knife Crime (985) 
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work (948) 
  • End Period Poverty (764)
  • Homelessness (759)
Tommy Wallis at the House of Commons
Tommy Wallis at the House of Commons 

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