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Young people urged to vote

Published 28th September 2017

Young people in Sandwell are being quizzed on issues that matter most to them as part of a national survey.

Schools and youth clubs across the borough are taking part in the Make Your Mark ballot – the largest consultation of young people in the country.

Running until October 6 Sandwell young people are being asked what issues matter most so they can be debated in the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on November 10.

Ten topics are listed on the Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by Members of Youth Parliament chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

David Nemec, from Wednesbury, a student at Central Sixth who cast his vote said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to have their say in democracy where they would normally not be able to and all young people have a right to voice their views on issues affecting them.”

Sandwell Youth Service, supported by the SHAPE Youth Forum and the council’s Electoral Participation Officer are promoting the Make Your Mark campaign in Sandwell.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It is important for young people to be democratically engaged both locally and nationally and Make Your Mark gives them the opportunity to influence the work of the UK Youth Parliament. It means their voice will be heard in debates in the House of Commons in November where a national campaign for 2018 will be decided.”     

Last year’s Make Your Mark ballot saw nearly 980,000 young people voting, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK.