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View from Youth Council: Knife crime and votes on key issues

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 November 2018

Redbridge Members of the Youth Parliament, Alia Raja and Kishan Sharma. Photo: Chris Ma

Redbridge Members of the Youth Parliament, Alia Raja and Kishan Sharma. Photo: Chris Ma

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For the past nine months as Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) we have participated in a vast array of activities and events, ranging from meeting adult MPs to attending conventions.

On November 9, we were sitting in the House of Commons along with 300 other Members of Youth Parliament. We debated the top five issues that over one million young people across the UK voted for in the Make Your Mark consultation.

Redbridge obtained a phenomenal 98per cent turnout, which was the highest turnout in the whole of the UK. One of the key issues discussed was knife crime, and how we can help eradicate this epidemic that has hit the UK.

Alongside tackling knife crime, votes at 16, homelessness, equal pay for equal work and mental health were all debated.

The winning issues after the debate were Put an end to Knife crime and Votes at 16. These will become the key campaign issues for the year.

As part of our manifestos, we both endeavoured to help young people who suffer from mental health. As a result, we created an event called “Peace of Mind”.

This event helped battle the stigma that surrounds mental health in society and allowed young people to acknowledge the impacts of exam stress.

Lastly the Redbridge Youth Election is under way. This grants young people that are aged 12-17 and live or go to school in the borough with the opportunity to become a Member of Youth Parliament. To apply visit: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/youthelections.

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