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Whitby Girl Elected As UK Youth Parliament Member

Rebecca Morgan

Published by Karen Liu at 12:14pm 18th April 2019.

A Whitby girl has been elected as a new member of the UK Youth Parliament.

Rebecca Morgan, 14, will represent the Borough of Scarborough and Ryedale for the two-year term.

She - along with two others - will provide a national voice for the youngsters of North Yorkshire.

They were elected by the North Yorkshire Youth Voice Executive from applicants who put themselves forward for this important role.

During their time of office, the MYPs will meet MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

The most important aspect of any MYPs job is to make sure they represent the views of young people in their constituency.

The office is open to anyone aged between 11 and 18.

Speaking about her election, Rebecca said:

"I am honoured that I have been elected as an MYP to represent the youth of the constituency and to represent each individual within it.

I will not let the youth of this constituency be overlooked as I will continue to campaign for our futures with the knowledge that we can all truly make a difference to the world we live in and leave behind for future generations."

Anyone who wants to contact Rebecca to raise their concerns about youth issues email: rebecca.morgan.myp@gmail.com

MYPs are politically neutral. They will help to set the agenda for the annual Make Your Mark vote, which will begin in August with the final votes being cast in October.

In 2018, more than 1.1 million young people took part in the national vote.

The Youth Voice Executive, which was formed by the County Council, brings together representatives of young people's groups from across the county.

They regularly meet executive members and senior County Council officers as well as leaders from district councils, the police, health and local companies.

County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children's Services, said:

"It's so important that our county's young people have a voice, both locally and nationally. These three young people will be able to take the issues that matter to the youth of North Yorkshire to leaders within the county and at the highest levels of government.

As an authority, we're committed to giving our county's young people the best possible start in life. Giving them a voice and listening to their opinions through the Youth Voice Executive and the MYPs is a vital aspect of that."

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