Youth MPs have a busy weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:56 06 April 2013

The election will be held in May.

The election will be held in May.

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An Exmouth Member of the Youth Parliament joined 60 others at a regional residential last weekend.

15-year-old George Downs, Member for Mid and East Devon from Exmouth College, learnt how to plan campaigns, their responsibilities as a member of UKYP and even took part in a fancy dress competition.

The group of 11-18 year-olds took some time to make Cornish pasties, travelled back in time to campaign and make banners surrounding votes for women, acted out the Cornish rebellion and even took part in a ceilidh with music from a live authentic Cornish band.

The activities took place in the Sands Hotel, Newquay, and made for light relief from the challenges of planning local manifestos and completing action plans for the year ahead, to represent and give young people a voice in their local area.

Other residential activities included ‘Everything you need to know about being a Member of Youth Parliament’, media training, ‘political jargon busting to understand words like big society, social change, and constituencies’, staying safe online, and debated issues surrounding whether throughout history violent or peaceful protest had been more affective.

At the residential all the members and deputies choose their three main priorities for the year ahead and for the area of Devon these were challenging young people’s negative body image, supporting diversity and challenging discrimination and resources for youth work.

George Downs said: “I enjoyed learning about and contributing to the Regional Manifesto in order to campaign on behalf of young people across Devon and further afield.’

“I learnt some useful tips about my role as MYP and how to represent young people; I also improved my understanding of the national UKYP processes and how national campaigns are decided.”

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