UpRising at the House of Commons

A group of young people from Liverpool met with House of Commons speaker John Bercow MP to discuss the issues they care about.

Organised by UpRising, the My Voice, My Vote Democracy Café took place at the Speakers State Rooms on Tuesday 18 November.

The event, as one of Parliament Week’s flagship events, brought together over 100 young people from diverse communities across the UK with MPs and peers from each of the main parties.

UpRising’s My Voice, My Vote programme aims to build understanding and confidence in the democratic process amongst young people who will be eligible to vote for the first time in the May 2015 general election. Participants identify the issues most important to them, understand how to campaign, and design and deliver effective social action campaigns.

A total of 15 young people from Liverpool attended the event, all of whom have participated on the My Voice My Vote programme and led a successful social action campaign in their community.

The scheme is being supported by Liverpool Councillors Nathalie Nicholas and Abdul Qadir, who are working closely with this organisation to engage young people into social action.

The event was run in partnership with Parliament Week, NCS and with Sky News in line with their Stand Up Be Counted campaign (an online platform where young people talk about the issues that affect them).

More information is available at http://www.uprising.org.uk/