Make your voice heard and cast a vote at the Richmond Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament elections

Release Date: 28/02/2017

Thousands of children and young people are being encouraged to take to the polls and cast their votes at this year’s Richmond Council and UK Youth Parliament elections.

The elections for the 31 candidates who are standing for the Youth Council and UK Parliament begin on March 6. Civic minded youngsters will take to the polls at schools and local youth clubs across the borough for the next three weeks.

The Youth Council represents the voices of 15,000 children and young people living in Richmond. In Richmond, the Youth Council is elected by approximately 800 young people each year. Elected representatives proactively share the views of children and young people aged between eleven and nineteen years of age, to key decision makers at Richmond Council and beyond.

There is one UK Youth Parliament representative for Richmond. They take part in workshops, debate, create and change national manifesto policy and network. Once a year, they have a sitting in the House of Commons which is chaired by the Speaker of the House.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools, Cllr Paul Hodgins, said:

“Members of Richmond Youth Council and Parliament play pivotal roles in the lives of young people across our borough. They voice the views of our young people to key decision makers at the Council and represent Richmond at a national level. There is always a strong level of interest from our young people in the election process and I urge more young people than ever to make their voices count by casting their vote in these elections.

“To see how civic minded our children and young people in Richmond already are and at such a young age is a joy to behold. It means they will take their experiences of local democracy into later life and they will care about the issues that matter most to the people of their communities – here in Richmond and beyond.”

For more information visit Youth Elections.

Updated: 28 February 2017