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UK Youth Parliament

Derbyshire Youth Council has been involved in the annual UK Youth Parliament UK-wide ballot called 'Make your Mark'. Every year the UK Youth Parliament holds MYM ballot where all young people can vote on what they think Members of Parliament should campaign on for the year ahead.

In 2015 Derbyshire recorded a 22.83% turnout and members of the DYC have been working hard to exceed this and increase their 2015 total of 17,230 campaigning in schools, colleges, skills festivals, shopping centres throughout Derbyshire.

In 2016 the DYC collected a total of 22,948 ballots with a 30.40% turnout. These figures put Derbyshire in the top three in the east midlands turnouts and fourth in the top 20 areas based on number of votes collected.

The top five were:

  1. A curriculum to prepare us for life. Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum.
  2. Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish. All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination, and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.
  3. Transport. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
  4. Votes at 16. Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.
  5. Stop Cuts to the NHS. Funding that affects the NHS shouldn't be cut. We must keep up vital services to protect young people.

In November 2016 members of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) will come together to debate and decide at the UKYP House of Commons sitting the most important issues to campaign on for the year ahead. The issues they will debate were decided upon via the 'Make your Mark' public vote for 11 to 18 year olds across the United Kingdom based on a shortlist of topics voted upon by members of the Youth Parliament from their manifesto.

This year in 2016 the National turnout was 16.60% with 978,216 votes cast. The east midlands turnout for 2016 was 67,596 recording a 15.65% turnout.

Derbyshire Youth Council has exceeded their target of 18,000 by 4,948 votes.