Chance to make a difference

By a County Press reporter

Published on Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 12:33


Chance to make a difference

Isle of Wight Member of Youth Parliament Jack Philipsborn. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

YOUNG Islanders who want to make a difference to life for young people, have been invited to join the Isle of Wight Youth Council or stand as Isle of Wight Member of Youth Parliament.

The youth council is an independent group that works alongside the Isle of Wight Council, and is consulted on schemes and policies that affect the Island's young people, such as transport, education and health.

Councillors also take part in national events such as Remembrance Sunday, and represent the Island's youth at Isle of Wight Council meetings and scrutiny panels.

The Member of Youth Parliament represents the Island at a national level and will have an opportunity to meet with councillors and MPs, as well as make speeches, take part in debates, and run campaigns.

Prospective candidates, aged between 11 and 21, for the Youth Council elections, and candidates for the Isle of Wight Member of Youth Parliament, aged between 11 and 18, should contact Andy Newman on 821000 or email

The deadline for registration is 7pm on Wednesday, November 28, and nominations will be announced the following day.

The elections will take place on Tuesday, December 11, and Wednesday, December 12, with results announced on Friday, December 14.

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•Current Member of Youth Parliament, Jack Philipsborn of Bembridge, is to due to take part in the annual Youth Parliament session at the House of Commons tomorrow (Friday).

The youth parliament sits at venues around the country during the year, but once a year has the chance to sit in the commons.

Five motions are due to be discussed — getting ready for work, a curriculum that prepares us for life, marriage for all, public transport and an equal national minimum wage.

The issues were chosen as a result of petitions supported by young people around the country.

Jack said he planned to focus on public transport and the minimum wage.

The sessions are due to be screened on BBC Parliament from 11am.


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