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Making young people's voices heard

Trio of teenagers have their say on big issues

Three young people at Parliament

Thousands of young people across Leicestershire have been making their voices heard in the Make Your Mark ballot.

Nearly 10,000 of the county’s 11-18 year-olds voted to decide which issues were recently debated about by young people in the House of Commons.

The top five national topics taken to the debate were protecting the environment, putting an end to knife crime, mental health, tackling hate crime and a curriculum to 'prepare us for life',

Youngsters were able to vote from a shortlist and decided that the hot topic in Leicestershire, with 4,910 votes, was protecting the environment. Knife crime and mental health received the next highest number of votes with 2,794 and 1,785 respectively.

Seventeen-year-olds Molly Lambert and Lauren Duguid, along with 16-year-old Dan Taylor , all members of Leicestershire’s Youth Parliament, also travelled to London to take part in a series of debates and discussions.

On the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo  protest, Molly was chosen to give a speech and her topic was prison reform.

She said: ''It was such an honour and joy to get to speak at the dispatch box for a second year in a row. The cause I spoke up for is close to my heart and I feel privileged to have this opportunity."

Lauren was also recognised as one of the top Make Your Mark champions, which celebrates all the young people who raised more than 1,000 votes. In Lauren’s case, she just missed out on the top 10, but did collect nearly 5,000 votes. Ellie Drummy also made the list for collecting 1,592 votes.

Securing nearly 10,000 votes is phenomenal and ensures that the voices of young people in Leicestershire are being heard on issues that matter to them. I’d like to say a big congratulations to Lauren and Ellie for their hard work in collecting such an outstanding number of votes and to everyone who has taken part, collected ballots and raised awareness of the campaign.

Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families, said: “Securing nearly 10,000 votes is phenomenal and ensures that the voices of young people in Leicestershire are being heard on issues that matter to them.

“I’d like to say a big congratulations to Lauren and Ellie for their hard work in collecting such an outstanding number of votes and to everyone who has taken part, collected ballots and raised awareness of the campaign."

 For more on Make Your Mark visit:

www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark

 

 
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