Ciara makes her mark

Ciara Brodie, an elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) from Liverpool, is taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.

In a ballot beginning 12 August and running till 10 October, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons on 14th November. Voting takes places both online and through ballot papers issues in schools and youth centres.

Ten topics will be available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by MYPs in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 478,000 young people, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK. This year, MYPs have set themselves a target of getting 1,000,000 young people to take part.

MYP Ciara Brodie, who will be running the Make Your Mark campaign in Liverpool, said:”‘I am so excited about Make your Mark this year. With the general election coming up next year, it is so important that we as young people can shout our voices out as loud as we can. We are the future so it is vital that politics reflects our interests as well as voters.”

Young people aged 11-18 can vote in the Make Your Mark ballot online at https://www.mi-voice.com/mym/ until 10th October.