08:00 Saturday 08 December 2012

MP backing Julianne's parliamentary role

Written byHELEN KREFT

A COLLEGE student has been given support from Burton’s MP as part of her stint as a member of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).

Andrew Griffiths, John Beaty, vice-principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, Julianne Bayley
Andrew Griffiths, John Beaty, vice-principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, Julianne Bayley

Julianne Bayley, an A-level student at Burton and South Derbyshire College, was recently in London for a Youth Parliament debate at the House of Commons and arranged a meeting with Andrew Griffiths to discuss the forthcoming youth parliament elections.

Run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for 11 to 18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. During their term of office, Youth Parliament Members (MYP) work with their MPs, councillors and local youth groups on the issues of greatest concern to their constituents.

The role of the MYP is increasingly being recognised at a local and national level.

Miss Bayley said: “I decided to get involved with the Youth Parliament as I felt it would help me make changes for young people in the local area.

“Andrew Griffiths has been extremely supportive and is working with me to promote the Youth Parliament elections and encourage more people to get involved.

“It’s great to have such a supportive MP who wants to help make a difference.

“The Youth Parliament is an excellent opportunity and if you’re willing to put the work in, you can get a lot of out of it. It gives you the chance to experience new things and get your voice heard on a national level, so I would definitely encourage other young people to get involved.”

Mr Griffiths added: “It’s fantastic that a student from the college has been successful in getting elected into the UK Youth Parliament and I’ve committed to offer my support.

“The UKYP gives young people an opportunity to get involved with the decision- making process and influence the world around us.

Julianne is a superb representative for the local community; she’s doing a great job and I would encourage more young people to get involved by putting themselves forward in the forthcoming UKYP elections.”

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