SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has supported the launch of UK Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign which appeals to young people aged 11-18 to have their say on the key issues which affect them most – including poverty, climate change and votes at 16.
This year’s campaign, supported by the NCS (National Citizen Service), aims to reach one million young people and break last year’s record of 876,488 young people taking part.
The campaign also sees UK Youth Parliament Members – including representatives from Derry and across the North – invite young people in schools and youth clubs to take this opportunity to voice their concerns to government.
“I am delighted to support the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign,” said the Foyle MP.
“As MPs, it is our duty to encourage political engagement among our young people – especially as it is currently at an all-time low.
“This important campaign therefore aims to help young people feel more connected with political processes and ensure that the issues which concern them most are brought to the attention of government Ministers and debated in the House of Commons.
“In previous years young people taking part have chosen, for example, the Living Wage and Votes at 16.
“I would therefore encourage young people in Derry and throughout the North to take part in the campaign by visiting www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark.”
James Cathcart, Chief Executive of the British Youth Council, which manages the UK Youth Parliament and the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign, said: “This is the biggest youth ballot in the UK and Europe – when over a million are expected to ask the Government to listen to their concerns. Young people do care, are active, want change – and have something to say. Let’s listen. It’s great that nearly 100 MPs are supporting this launch from across parties. We ask that they will also take the results seriously and debate the issues in Parliament.”