UK Youth Parliament
in Northern Ireland

For young people, by young people: to use their energy and passion
to change the world for the better.

Voting is open 29th Jan – 8th Mar, and will take place in registered Polling Stations

 

About us

It is time to get involved and make sure you represent the views of young people to people in power.

We are a democratically elected and non-party political programme; we give opportunities to 11-18-year-olds to use their elected voice to campaign on the issues important to them and take these views to people in power to make change happen.

Members of Youth Parliament

Members of Youth Parliament are elected every 2 years from across the UK. Once elected, Members of Youth Parliament meet with MLAs, 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 Members of Youth Parliament’s job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency. Any Member of Youth Parliament can set up a campaign, and any young person can support it and make a difference.

What we believe in: Our Manifesto
From public transport to education for life, the manifesto says what we believe in and what type of world we want to live in now and in the future. Its aim is to inform and influence local and national decision makers.

Download 2020-21 Manifesto

Annual Conference
Members of the Youth Parliament from across the UK have come together annually to take part in workshops, debate, create and change national manifesto policy, and network. It takes place on a university campus over three days. The event includes keynote speeches from political figures, followed by question and answer sessions.
House of Commons Debate
Members of Youth Parliament aged 11-18 take part in an annual debate in the House of Commons chamber, to speak up on the work they’re doing locally and help decide what we should campaign on in the future.

What is a Member of Youth Parliament?

Becoming an MYP

It’s open to anyone aged 11-18 who is passionate and wants to see change happen.

You don’t need to have been involved in anything like this before, we offer training and support.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected every 2 years, with 18 being elected across NI. They then join over 200 Members of Youth Parliament across the UK. Youth Parliament in NI elections will happen from 31st January – 13th February 2022, where we’ll be electing MYPs that will serve until February 2024.

Who Can Stand?

Anyone aged 11-18 (but you will need to stand down on your 19th birthday).

To stand you need to

• live in the constituency
• or be in education in the constituency
• or work in the constituency for a minimum of 14 hours.

You cannot stand in more than one constituency in the same year’s election.

The constituencies:

Belfast East
Belfast North
Belfast South
Belfast West
East Antrim
East Londonderry
Fermanagh & South Tyrone
Foyle
Lagan Valley

Mid Ulster
Newry & Armagh
North Antrim
North Down
South Antrim
South Down
Strangford
Upper Bann
West Tyrone

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