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BCP Youth Parliament candidate

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We are very proud to support Lower Sixth pupil Leo in his campaign as a candidate in the current Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Youth Parliament elections. Leo recently spoke to the Canford Sixth Form about his experience of being involved in the process. He said:  

“The UK Youth Parliament was established to empower young people to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. It provides opportunities for 11–18-year-olds to use their voice to bring about tangible change through meaningful representation and campaigning. Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected every 2 years by other young people in their local area. Any 11–18-year-old can stand or vote in the election.  

The current election series has been running since 1st February and is due to end on 28th February with the results announced the same day before the two new MYPs and their Deputies take office on 1st March. 

Candidates stand as individuals, not for political parties so that we can work directly for the young people we aim to serve. In my talk to VI Form on Monday 14th February, I outlined my policies and spoke on the subject of being the "generation of change" and why it is vitally important that young people - like Canford pupils - use their vote and take part in the only youth-by-youth Parliamentary initiative of its kind in the UK. 

This is the first year that Canford have been involved in MYP elections and, since Tuesday, over 207 votes have been cast. It's an honour to stand as a candidate and, with the wonderful support of the Headmaster, Dr Neill and SLT, to be able to implement the initiative into our Canford Community.” 

Leo’s policies and speech are featured on the Canford blog. Read them here: Canford Blog 

We wish Leo the very best of luck in his campaign. Further details can be found here: UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) (bcpcouncil.gov.uk) and votes can be cast by 11-18 year olds using the unique voting code and link sent to them via their school, or alternatively one can be requested from BCP Council.