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Last call for youth vote

[Friday 17 September 2010]

Young people from across North Yorkshire have a last chance to vote for issues they want to see debated in the House of Commons next month. Members of the county's youth council are urging their peers to vote for issues that matter most and that they would want discussed in Westminster.

On 29th October, three members of the North Yorkshire Youth Council - Matthew Windle from Harrogate, Rosie Corrigan from Selby and Ben Lacey from Richmond - will join over 300 Members of the UK Youth Parliament in taking over the House of Commons chamber and debating the top issues that young people care about.

The event follows on from the success of the UK Youth Parliament debate in the chamber last year. MPs have now voted to allow a Youth Parliament debate in the chamber for one day every year for the life of this Parliament.

The UK Youth Parliament is now inviting anyone aged between 11-18 to vote to decide which top five issues should be chosen for the debate. Youth crime, sex education, university fees and public transport are topping the bill so far. Voting closes on 20th September.

County Councillor Caroline Patmore, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Youth said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to get the issues that matter most to them debated at the highest level. "

Young people can vote in two ways:

1. ONLINE - Via the UK Youth Parliament website www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk

2. PAPER - By downloading the paper version of the survey and distributing to young people aged 11-18 in schools/colleges/youth centres. Paper surveys should be returned by Monday 20th September to: UK Youth Parliament, 15 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DP.

To find out more young people should contact, the county council's 4Youth Service's James Parkes Youth Council and Keyfund Coordinator on 01609 533932 or visit the North Yorkshire Youth Council website www.nyyc.co.uk

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