Posted on: 11 September 2020
Lily Wants To Make A Difference
Year 11 student Lily Street Woodward has recently been offered the role of Support Member of Youth Parliament (SMYP) for East Hampshire.
UK Youth Parliament is an initiative run by the charity The British Youth Council that gives young people a voice on issues that matter to them. Over 300 young representatives are Members of the UK Youth Parliament. They work to ensure that the voices of young people are heard at a national, regional, and local level.
Members of UK Youth Parliament come together to debate and decide in their House of Commons sitting the most important issue that they will campaign on for the year ahead. They decide this from the top 5 issues voted on by young people from across the UK from the Make Your Mark ballot. The UK Youth Parliament is the only group other than MPs that is allowed to sit in the House of Commons. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s debate will be online.
Lily said, “I want to make a difference and so I thought the best way to start young would be to get involved with the Youth Parliament. I have already met all sorts of people and am really enjoying it.”