Toggle menu

Young people encouraged to run in local Youth Parliament election

Youth Parliament nominations open in Gateshead

Young people who want to create change in Gateshead are being encouraged to register their interest in becoming a candidate for the local Youth Parliament election.

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18-year-olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change in their local area through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected every two years by other young people in their constituency. Anyone aged between 11 and 18 years old can stand in the election, but they must live, work for a minimum of 14 hours, or be in education in the Gateshead local authority region.

Councillor Gary Haley, cabinet member for Children and Young People at Gateshead Council, said:

"Joining the UK Youth Parliament is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the area.

"The skills and experience that young people gain while working in UK Youth Parliament are invaluable, ranging from effective decision making in real world situations to the development of self-confidence and self-esteem.

"Most importantly, it gives our younger residents the opportunity to have their voices heard and to create change in Gateshead on projects they're passionate about, with support and encouragement from the council."

Anyone who runs as a candidate cannot also stand in another constituency for the same year's election.

Find out more about the elections and role of MYP

The deadline for registering interest in becoming a candidate for the local UK Youth Parliament March 2022 election is Friday 4 February.

Anyone who is interested in running must complete the UK Youth Parliament Expression of Interest for Gateshead by the 4 February deadline.

Complete our online form

Youth Parliament nominations open in Gateshead
13 January 2022

Young people who want to create change in Gateshead are being encouraged to register their interest in becoming a candidate for the local Youth Parliament election.

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18-year-olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change in their local area through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected every two years by other young people in their constituency. Anyone aged between 11 and 18 years old can stand in the election, but they must live, work for a minimum of 14 hours, or be in education in the Gateshead local authority region.

Councillor Gary Haley, cabinet member for Children and Young People at Gateshead Council, said:

"Joining the UK Youth Parliament is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the area.

"The skills and experience that young people gain while working in UK Youth Parliament are invaluable, ranging from effective decision making in real world situations to the development of self-confidence and self-esteem.

"Most importantly, it gives our younger residents the opportunity to have their voices heard and to create change in Gateshead on projects they're passionate about, with support and encouragement from the council."

Anyone who runs as a candidate cannot also stand in another constituency for the same year's election.

Find out more about the elections and role of MYP

The deadline for registering interest in becoming a candidate for the local UK Youth Parliament March 2022 election is Friday 4 February.

Anyone who is interested in running must complete the UK Youth Parliament Expression of Interest for Gateshead by the 4 February deadline.

Complete our online form

More Gateshead news
Help us improve this site by giving feedback