A chance for young to vote on top issues

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Have your say

UK YOUTH Parliament member Matthew Mortimer is hoping young people in South Holland will take the chance to have their say about issues that are important to them.

Matthew (15), of Cley Hall Drive in Spalding, is currently canvassing young people to encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity to influence future government decisions that may affect them.

Young people are being asked to vote in an online ballot, called Make Your Mark, for their top priority from a list of 15 issues that concern them.

The issues range from radical changes to the current national curriculum so that students leave school better prepared for life, to voting for the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

The top five issues will be debated in the House of Commons in November when Matthew and other UKYP members select one topic for their 2013 national campaign.

Matthew said: “It is so important that young people take part because it’s to do with getting their vote and it only happens once every year. We’ll be discussing the topics with the most votes to decide on the campaign for the year ahead.”

Other topics included in the ballot are an equal national minimum wage, votes for 16-year-olds, better funding for youth services, improved mental health services for young people and better, cheaper more accessible public transport.

Young people aged between 11 and 18 have the chance to decide what members of Youth Parliament debate and vote on in the House of Commons. The ballot, open until October 12, can be seen at www. mi-vote.com/mym