UK Youth Parliament has launched its new ambitious vision for a better and more equal society. The group of advocates launched their new manifesto following a national conference held in Hull in the summer.
The new manifesto highlights some of the biggest issues facing young people in the UK including reforms to education and some long-standing priorities like lowering the voting age to 16, mental health and the climate emergency.
Callum Parr, a member of the steering group that coordinates UK Youth Parliament said: “Young people have a new ambition for the kind of society that we aspire to experience in the UK. Members of Youth Parliament, as representatives of young people across the four nations of the UK, have a bold vision for a more just and fair society, and as a collective are hopeful that policymakers will act to address the evolving needs of young people.
“If we want to see any change in the life chances of young people, decision-makers must take action on societal issues like mental health, lowering the voting age to 16, and the climate emergency and address the needs of their constituents.”
Members of Youth Parliament from across the UK came to together to debate new policies and campaigns at their Annual Conference at the University of Hull. There are no political parties or adversarial opposition, but everyone has an independent vote and the emphasis is on persuasion, consensus and researched arguments.
The manifesto has been published ahead of UK Youth Parliament’s House of Commons Sitting which will take place in November. During the event, Members of Youth Parliament will discuss mental health and wellbeing the biggest isssue facing young people in the UK.