This week the debate topics that the UK Youth Parliament are set to debate in the House of Commons were released.
This followed a national ballot of young people from across the country. 65 000 young people took part in the vote to decide what the UK Youth Parliament should debate in the Commons. Voter turnout increased from last year by over 1000%. Showing that both the UK Youth Parliament and young people themselves are passionate about being involved in the democratic process. Over 4000 voted from the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
The debate topics are:
1.‘Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all’
2. ‘No to tuition fees, yes to graduate tax’
3. ‘Zero tolerance towards bullying in schools’
4. ‘End child poverty’
5. ‘A Greener future for Britain’
Harry said ‘It’s truly inspiring to see young people choose issues to debate that politicians would baulk at. By representing young people on such a diverse and varied range of topics, the Youth Parliament has got a mandate to effect change in this country. As an influential organisation, the youth parliament, under the guidance of the British Youth Council is showing how robust it can be in representing young people’