OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
City's Youth Take To The Hustings
from Coventry will be trying to get themselves elected to
parliament on Saturday to get a say for the cityís young people
at a national level.
first UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) election in the city is being
held at Coventry City Football Club at 10am.
representatives will be chosen to take issues affecting the city
to the highest level. They will also link into other youth forums
in the city to get the views of children across Coventry.
elections will be held with hustings and a ballot at the end of a
day of workshops explaining the political system.
Longden from Coventry Youth Service, who is organising the
elections, said the parliament was being set up as part of efforts
to promote a greater civic involvement among young people:
important that young people take every opportunity to directly
influence local and national government.
interested in encouraging young people to take an interest. If
it relates more to their everyday life then they are more likely
to get involved, and this will help do this.Ē
first sitting of the UK Youth Parliament, which will be made up of
over 400 MYPs, will in February, and the MYPs will initially
serve for a year.
manifesto will be presented to Tony Blairís cabinet, parliament,
party leaders and service providers to inform them about the
impact of their adult decisions on children and young people.
George Duggins, cabinet member (Education and Library Services)
people are the opinion-formers of the future, and they can have
a great influence on issues that affect them if they are given
the opportunity to do so.
Youth Parliament is such an opportunity and I hope that young
people will choose to get involved."
Dalziel, a member of Coventry Youth Council said:
anybody is interested in becoming an MYP or would simply like to
attend the day they should contact Pete Longden on 024 76405700 or
simply turn up on the day.
order to form a thriving community in which views can be shared
and passed from generation to generation, it is essential for
all age groups to take part in political issues and processes