9:00am Saturday 31st August 2013
YOUNG people in Sandwell are being urged to vote on which topics should be debated in the House of Commons by UK Youth Parliament members.
A list of 15 topics will be whittled down to five in a national ballot called Make Your Mark.
Ballot papers are being sent to youth and school councils across the borough with a prize for the organisation recording the most votes.
Young people can also vote online at http://mym.mi-vote.com/ or get a ballot paper from Sandwell’s UKYP members Jugan Sahota and Dawud Ahmed.
The poll closes on October 4 with the debate to be chaired by Speaker John Bercow MP on November 15.
Last year’s poll year attracted a record 253,000 young people across the country.
The UKYP is made up of young people elected to represent their peers, air their views and influence local and national government and other organisations.
Sandwell UKYP representatives will hold their own debate in Sandwell Council’s Chamber on Wednesday 30 October on the selected five topics.
Jugan said: "The ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot is a great opportunity for young people to get their voices heard.
“By taking part we are shaping the future and it’s an opportunity for us to show everyone that we have voices and needs as well.”
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Simon Hackett said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to raise the national profile of the things that are important to them.”
The 15 topics include votes for 16 and 17-year-olds in all public elections and referendums, combatting youth unemployment and zero tolerence to bullying in schools.
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