Bolton’s youth MPs will join a parliamentary debate on the next hot topic for young people.
Ebony Cropper and Tresor Mbuyi will be at the House of Commons on Friday, November 13 November to take part in a live debate to decide what the next UK Youth Parliament campaign will be.
The results of a consultation entitled Make Your Mark, to determine this year’s priorities, have recently been announced with the top five issues declared as follows:
• Living Wage.
• A Curriculum to prepare us for life.
• Mental health.
• Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish.
Make Your Mark is the largest youth consultation in the UK, with 967,000 young people having their say.
Schools across Bolton also took part, with an impressive 8,150 young people voting in the ballot.
Topping the local list of priorities was ‘living wage’, followed by ‘transport’ and then ‘a curriculum to prepare us for life’.
The debate will be chaired once again by John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.
Ebony said: “This year, there was a huge turn-out of young people joining in the consultation, and I hope this year, like every year, our vigorous debating on November 13 will help us pick the right campaign for the young people across the UK.”
Tresor added: “Make your Mark is an incredible opportunity for Youth MPs to engage with the young people they represent in their constituency. I myself have relished interacting with them and familiarising myself with their views and opinions. Young people view Make your Mark as a plausible route to change, both locally and nationally.”
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The Youth MP scheme enables the young people of Bolton to get involved in the issues that directly affect them, and to get the chance to take part in a live debate in the House of Commons is a fantastic opportunity.
“I hope they make the most of their visit and be inspired to continue their interest in social affairs.”
Ebony and Tresor were elected as Bolton’s Youth MPs in 2014, and will serve in their posts until 2016 when there will be another election.
The full list of this year’s campaign aims as are follows:
• Living Wage. Everyone should be able to live comfortably. Everyone aged 16 or over should be paid at least the Living Wage of £7.85 per hour (£9.15 in London). (The ‘Living Wage’ as devised by the Living Wage Foundation.)
• A Curriculum to prepare us for life. Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum.
• Mental health. Services should be improved with young people’s help and mental health education should be compulsory and challenge stereotypes.
• Transport. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
• Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish. All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination, and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.