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[X-year old Name], [Member/Deputy Member of X Youth Parliament] will head to Nottingham
next weekend (27 – 29 July) for the 12th annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament, in order to
prepare for a debate in the House of Commons later this year.
[Name], along with 250 other members of the UK Youth Parliament, will be welcomed by the
Speaker of the House of Commons RT Hon John Bercow MP, as well as political campaigner
Peter Tatchell. The annual event will also feature a keynote speech from Tim Loughton MP,
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.
[Insert para with a bit more detail about the young person here, including school/college, when
they were elected etc].
Over three days, the delegates will debate issues that affect young people, and take part in
workshops and skill sessions. They will also vote to decide which topics should be incorporated
in the UKYP Manifesto. Following the event MYPs will vote on what issues from the Manifesto
will be put to a national ballot of young people aged 11-18 across the UK to determine the UK
Youth Parliament’s priority campaign for 2013. The top five topics from this national ballot will
then be debated at the House of Commons sitting in November. At the Commons sitting, one
topic will be chosen to be UKYP’s priority campaign.
“[You can include a short quote from a local MYP here – perhaps about how much they are
looking forward to the event, which politician they are particularly keen to hear from and why,
or what issues matter most to them and to young people in your area]”
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Notes to Editors
1. The 12th Annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament will be held at the East Midlands
Conference centre, University of Nottingham, from 27th – 29th July 2012.
2. For interviews, photographs or comments [insert local authority press contact details
here]. For programme information contact Jemma Roche, Communications manager, on 020
7250 8368/ 07809 507 365 or email email@example.com
3. The UK Youth Parliament gives young people a voice on issues that matter to them. It is
made up of over 600 Members, and Deputy Members, who are elected by their peers to
represent young people across the UK. They work to ensure that the voices of young people are
heard at a national, regional and local level. Over 300,000 young people vote in the UK Youth
Parliament elections each year.
8. For more information about the UK Youth Parliament visit: