Local youth parliamentarians

(left to right) Max Dalton from Richmond, Liam Cutler, Northallerton and Matt Christodoulou from Selby at the UK Youth Parliament meeting in Nottingham

(left to right) Max Dalton from Richmond, Liam Cutler, Northallerton and Matt Christodoulou from Selby at the UK Youth Parliament meeting in Nottingham

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North Yorkshire members of the UK youth parliament are gearing up for a new season of campaigning after attending the recent annual parliamentary sitting.

Eighteen-year-old Max Dalton from Richmond, Liam Cutler, 17, from Northallerton and Matt Christodoulou, 18, from Selby, travelled as the county’s youth representatives to Nottingham where they joined 600 others from across the UK to develop campaigns for positive change to young people’s lives.

The main focus of the event was to update the UK youth parliament manifesto and set out campaigns for the coming year. Topics include transport, youth service cuts and the need for work experience.

North Yorkshire’s pioneering Ride-Around-for-£1-scheme, created by the county council in response to a youth council petition, was discussed at the parliament as a way forward. This scheme has been such a success that it has been extended this year, allowing £1 bus travel in Craven, Hambleton, and Richmondshire

The annual event was opened by John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, and by Peter Tatchell, the human rights campaigner. The keynote speech was given by Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Children and Families, who discussed the work being done by his department to support young people.

Topics chosen by the UK youth parliament for the manifesto will then be voted on by youth councillors nationally.