Southend’s young people are proudly “making their mark”

Published Wednesday, 26th September 2018

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Pupils from Southend’s schools and colleges will be taking part in the UK’s largest youth consultation, the annual Make Your Mark ballot.

In a national ballot running until 10th October, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them. This survey will determine the topics debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 9th November. Voting takes places both online and through ballot papers issued by schools and colleges.

Your vote will make a difference. Ten topics will be available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics going on to be discussed by Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in their November debate. The debate will be chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on Parliament TV.

17 year-old Alex Small, Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), who will be supporting the Make Your Mark campaign said, “This is a great opportunity for all young people in Southend between 11-18 to make their voice heard as part of a national campaign which highlights their biggest and most important issues, and I urge as many as possible to participate.”

Last year’s Make Your Mark ballot gathered the most important issues to over 950,000 young people, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK. This year, Members of Youth Parliament have set themselves a target of getting 1 million young people to take part. 

John Lamb, leader of Southend-on-Sea borough Council said, “I would like to thank the great work Southend’s Youth Council is doing in highlighting the voices of its peers. Last year, over 5,600 young people took part in the Make Your Mark vote, which was a 37% turnout. The Youth Council is determined to draw the highest turnout yet in 2018’s ballot, so please do get behind this and cast your vote on the issues that matter to you. We’re listening to your voices and are eagerly awaiting the issues that matter most to you.”