During the 2011 Summer recess of Parliament Harry will be holding joint constituency surgeries with Sheffield MPs from all areas of the city, in conjunction with Sheffield Youth Council. As well as giving the young people he represents a chance to meet him, Harry hopes that the joint-surgery will also better connect young people to their local MP. Despite under 18s being ineligible to vote, their MPs still represent them.
Harry hopes that discussion at the surgery will focus on a range of issues relating to young people that he can address and he encourages as many of his constituents as possible to attend with any concern they may have. At the same time, he hopes, young people will gain an insight into the process of coming forward to a local representative and getting the support they deserve.
“Having spoken to local MPs recently they have shown an interest in joint surgeries with the Youth Parliament. If successful this form of accountability could become the norm, not just in Sheffield but nationally for UKYP. I and the Sheffield MPs believed that joint surgeries will provide a forum for discussion and also remedy the problem of youth disillusionment in politics. Joint surgeries take a fundamental part of my ABC of political involvement”