Malden Oaks student gives speech in parliament
We are extremely proud to be able to announce that one of our students was given the opportunity to make the closing speech on Friday 9th November as part of the 10th UK Youth Parliament sitting in the House of Commons!
His journey into politics started three years ago when the local youth clubs were shut down and he was part of the campaign to keep them open. From this, his passion for local issues led him to join the Youth Council (representing the local area) and in turn, he decided to run for the Youth Parliment (one representative per Local Authority from within the Youth Council members) where he currently represents both Kingston & Richmond Upon Thames.
The day in parliment (on the green benches of the House of Commons) was a result of the hard work behind the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign that ballots schools to decide on the top five issues. Our student worked, together with support from the Youth Council, to publicise the vote/ballot to local schools so that their voices, and issues that they felt important, would be heard.
The five issues that were voted by the campaign were:-
- Put an end to Knife crime – Too many young people’s lives are lost to knife crime; the Government need to do more to help end the knife crime epidemic.
- Mental Health – Mental health services should be improved with young people’s help; and should be available in schools..
- Equal Pay, Equal Work – Give young people the same amount of pay, if they are doing the same work as adults in the same job.
- Tackling Homelessness – Every person should have a place to live and the opportunity to live comfortably. Let’s make it happen and put a stop to homelessness.
- Votes at 16 – Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.
The two chosen, as a result of the debate on the day, to be championed through the next year were ‘knife crime’ and ‘Votes at 16’
Our student was given the right to make his speech as a result of obtaining the most votes within the campaign!
More information can be found at:- http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/