Thousands of young people across Leicestershire have been making their voices heard.
Nearly 14,000 of the county’s 11-18 year-olds voted in the ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot to decide which issues should be debated by young people in the House of Commons.
The area collected the most amount of ballots in the East Midlands. Youngsters were able to vote from a shortlist and decided that the hot topics to be mooted were knife crime, mental health, equal pay, homelessness and votes at 16.
Leicestershire’s very own members of the UK Youth Parliament Molly Lambert, Simran Sangherra and Dan Taylor went along to London to take part.
Simran, who represented the East Midlands by summing up the ‘Let’s tackle homelessness’ debate at the despatch box, said: “Being able to speak up on behalf of so many people on this issue has truly been humbling.”
Fellow UK member of youth parliament (MYP) Molly Lambert addressed the house with a speech to mark the anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
There were two young people from the county who collected more than 1,000 votes each for the Make Your Mark campaign – Lauren Duguid, deputy MYP and County Youth Council (CYCLe) member, collected an impressive 2,671 ballots and Simran, who collected 1,114 ballots.
Securing nearly 14,000 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 Simran in particular for their hard word in collecting such an outstanding number of votes, but also to everyone who has taken part, collected ballots and raised awareness of the campaign.
"Our UKYMPs also did a sterling job representing the voice of young people in Leicestershire in parliament.Person:Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and families
A short video of Simran debating homelessness is here at 13mins 09.45:
Molly’s speech is available here at 03:38:11