YOUTH MP IN CONSULTATION
Scilly's Youth MP and his deputy are taking part in the largest consultation of young people in the country to decide what issues are debated in November's Youth Parliament.
Zachary Hick, the elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) for the Isles of Scilly, and Deputy MYP Loveday Lewin, are participating in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, which asks young people to choose which of ten policies matter the most to them.
The five most popular topics will be discussed in the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 11 November, which 13-year-old Zachary will attend on behalf of the islands.
The ten policies include mental health, lowering the voting age, body image and sexual harassment in schools.
The Youth Parliament will be chaired by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.
Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 970,000 young people and aims to beat that number in 2016.
The campaign on Scilly, which is supported by the Council’s Children’s Services Department, saw Five Islands School students between the ages of 11 and 18 cast their ballots.
Loveday, 14, said: “Make Your Mark is such an important campaign for young people across the country who don’t always get a voice on issues that really matter to them. To have your say in such a large scale movement empowers young people to make a difference.”