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Are you aged between 11 and 17 years old and would like to get involved in our first Youth Council in the county?

UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a youth organisation in the UK that gives young people aged between 11 and 18 years old the chance to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better.

Every two years, members are elected to the UK Youth Parliament to represent councils across the UK. 

Being a Member of Youth Parliament

Being a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) is a very exciting opportunity. You will get the chance to get involved in a range of activities. Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns (such as campaigns to improve recreation, leisure and transport facilities in  your area), make speeches, hold debates and make sure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers. The most important job though will be to make sure you represent the views of young people in County Durham. 

Every two years, three representatives from our Youth Council are elected to represent County Durham in the UK Parliament. The three successful candidates will share the voices of young people from across our county at regional and national meetings and get the chance to visit the House of Commons in November.

The next elections will be in February 2024.

Current members

Your Members of Youth Parliament for 2022-2024 are Matthew Hill, Darcie Ashman and Edmund Smith. Find out more about your Members of Youth Parliament on Your Youth Parliament MYPs.

Get involved

Speak to your Participation and Engagement Officer if you would like to find out more about becoming a Member of Youth Parliament.