Ripon students on UK Youth Parliament

Jamie Blyton with North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan. (S)
Jamie Blyton with North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan. (S)

Two politics-savvy students from Ripon have been elected to represent North Yorkshire as deputy members on the UK Youth Parliament.

Jamie Blyton and Adam Dickson were among three elected Youth Parliament deputy members told they had been selected to provide a voice for young people in the UK from 2013-14 at a ceremony in April.

Talking to the Gazette, 17-year-old Jamie – who is studying for his A-levels at Ripon Grammar School – said one of his main initiatives is to make transport cheaper for young people in the county.

“There is already a really great scheme running in the Dales making transport cheaper for young people,” he said.

“I also hope to support the Youth Parliament’s campaign issue for this year, called A Curriculum for Life. The aim is the reform citizenship classes in schools to include lessons on politics, sex education and student finance.”

Jamie said the suggestions he made about reducing bus fares for young people in his 250-word manifesto could have made him stand out from the rest when applying to become a Youth Parliament representative.

“I want to make the voice of young people stronger in the future,” Jamie, who is studying French, Economics, French and History, told the Gazette.

Jamie and Boroughbridge High School student Adam Dickson were presented with their certificates at North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) hall in Northallerton by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan.

“I am very interested in current affairs and national news,” said Jamie, who hopes to study a degree such as Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

James Parkes, NYCC’s youth engagement officer, said: “These young people will have the chance to represent young people from North Yorkshire at regional and national level and will pick up many skills as the voice for North Yorkshire’s young people.

“They have a very exciting year ahead of them.”

lIf you are interested in joining a youth council, contact James on 01609 533932.