Seven new Essex members of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) have been elected.
UKYP aims to give the young people in the UK between the ages of 11 and 18 a voice, which will be heard and listened to by local, regional and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people.
Each Local Authority (LA) in England represents a Youth Parliament constituency. The number of MYPs allocated to each constituency varies depending upon the number of young people who live in that area.
The new Essex members of the UK Youth Parliament are all members of The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) and were voted in by their peers who are also elected Young Essex Assembly members.
75 members of YEA were elected in by young people across Essex in December 2018. Their term of office started on 1st January 2019 and finishes on 1st January 2021. Just over 17,000 young people voted in the 2018 YEA Elections across the 12 districts of Essex.
24 out of the 75 members of YEA stood as candidates for the UKYP elections, and from those 24 seven were chosen to represent the county on a national level.
The seven members of the YEA chosen to become new members of the UK Youth Parliament are:
- Sophie Bush (Basildon YEA member)
- Rachel Ojo (Basildon YEA member)
- Davina O’Muyiwa (Brentwood YEA member)
- Tyler May (Maldon YEA member)
- Judah Olajide (Chelmsford YEA member)
- Prajwal Pandey (Chelmsford YEA member)
- Emily Adcock (Braintree YEA member)
The UK Youth Parliament has a rolling programme of activities across the year. This includes a Sitting in the House of Commons, regional meetings, dialogue with Ministers and Opposition spokespeople and inputs to policy and programme development.
Members of Youth Parliament will sit in the House of Commons for the eleventh year in November 2019 in an annual debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
They will debate five issues chosen by a ballot of young people from across the UK and then vote to decide which two issues should become the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for the year ahead.