London Borough of Barnet

Barnet young people head to Nottingham to prepare for House of Commons debate

Published Monday 23 July 2012

17 year old Sogand Shaker and 16 year old Temi Mwale will head to Nottingham this weekend (27 – 29 July 2012) for the 12th annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament.

17 year old Sogand Shaker, Barnet Member of Barnet Youth Parliament and 16 year old Temi Mwale Barnet Deputy Member of Youth Parliament will head to Nottingham this weekend (27 – 29 July 2012) 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.

Sogand and Temi, 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.

31 young people stood for the Barnet Youth Parliament elections in February 2012 with over 8000 votes cast by Barnet young people to crown Nadine Jerashy, 15 (The Compton School) and Sogand Shaker 17(Dame Alice Owen) as Members of Youth Parliament and Temi Mwale, 16 (London Academy) and Nicholas Lucas , 17 (St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School) as Barnet Deputy Members of Youth Parliament.

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.

Sogand said:

“After the interactive panel discussion at the June Convention, I am looking forward to the question time at the event and also the keynote speech by MP Tim Loughton and his view on issue facing children and families! From attending previous workshops at the induction weekend in March, I know they are very useful and informative, so I will be looking forward to attending those too. Of course, I hear the prom will be a great, enjoyable evening for us all and it will be good to see all the London MYPs again, as well as meeting representatives from all different boroughs and regions!” 

Contact Press Officer: Mike Langton