The UK Youth Parliament aims to give a voice to the young people of the UK between the ages of 11-18.
What is the UK Youth Parliament?
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to be elected as a member of the youth parliament (MYP) so they can bring about social change.
UKYP conduct a number of democratic activities across the year. This includes:
- House of Commons debates
- Regional meetings
- Regular dialogue with ministers, including the prime minister and opposition spokespeople
- Inputs to policy and programme development
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Who are the 2020 candidates for Member of Youth Parliament?
The 6 candidates to be the next Member of Youth Parliament for Rochdale borough are:
Watch the candidates discuss their manifesto points on Vimeo (4mins 30 secs)
Adam Rennie, aged 15, from Hollingworth Academy
Emma Walkley, aged 17, from Cardinal Langley Sixth Form
Ismail Malik, aged 12, from Falinge Park High School
Prudent Oviawe, aged 15, from St Anne's Academy
Tom Glover, aged 15, from Oulder Hill Community School
William Kankonde, aged 15, from St Anne's Academy
How can I vote for the 2020 Member of Youth Parliament?
You can vote for your preferred candidate for Rochdale borough online. To vote, you must:
- Be 11-19 years old
- Live or go to school/college in Rochdale borough
Voting closed at midnight on Sunday, 9 February 2020. The results of the election will be announced at a special ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall on Tuesday, 11 February 2020.
How can I stand as a candidate in the MYP elections?
Applications to stand as a candidate in the 2020 MYP elections closed on Friday, 29 November 2019.
- You'll need to be aged 11-17 and live in Rochdale borough.
- Download and complete the member of youth parliament application form below and either:
- Email it to
- Post it to Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet, Matthew Moss Youth Centre, Matthew Moss Lane, Rochdale OL11 3LU.
- Make sure we receive your application by Friday, 29 November 2019.
- We'll let you know if you're shortlisted and what the next steps are by Tuesday, 10 December 2019.
What does our member of youth parliament do?
The member of youth parliament for Rochdale borough will:
Rochdale youth voice- more about Rochdale Borough Youth Council, Youth Cabinet and Children's Champion.
- Support and speak on behalf of Rochdale Borough Youth Council and Youth Cabinet.
- Work alongside Rochdale Borough Children’s Champion to help improve the lives of children and young people in Rochdale borough.
- Attend and chair meetings for Rochdale Borough Youth Council, who meet every 4 months and Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet who currently meet weekly.
- Attend and participate in Youthforia – a regional youth forum for the North West.
- Have enthusiasm, energy and take an interest in the rights of children and young people and work to get this message to all children and young people of the borough of Rochdale.
Who is our member of youth parliament?
Louis Tweedale is the current Member of Youth Parliament for Rochdale borough.
Louis is a student at Rochdale Sixth Form College. He was elected on 13 February 2019. You can follow Louis' work on Twitter
Louis' manifesto points are:
- Furthering the youth cabinet's work on mental health support for young people.
- Knife crime prevention and support.
- Work experience opportunities for all young people.
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