The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for young people aged 11-18 years old to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected in youth elections throughout the UK - the next elections in Leicestershire will be Monday 10th to Friday 14th February 2020.

Once elected Members of Youth Parliament attend and organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues that matter to young people.

The UK's largest youth consultation is the Make Your Mark ballot run by the British Youth Council, with topics decided by the UK Youth Parliament. At the House of Commons sitting in November each year, MYPs debate the top five topics from Make Your Mark and then vote for two campaigns, one for an England only issue and one for a UK wide issue, these become the two priority campaigns each year.

The campaigns for 2020 are 'Protect the Environment' and 'Put an end to Knife Crime'.

The views of young people are represented in the UK Youth Parliament Manifesto, which contains statements on the issues MYPs think are important. The manifesto and further information about UK Youth Parliament can be found on their website.

If you are interested in finding out more about standing in the 2020 election please see the Election Pack.