Young politicians make their voices heard

Bellshill MSYP Jordan Linden and Motherwell and Wishaw MSYP Lauren King (right) with Coatbridge and Chryston MSYP Kimberley Honeyman at the Festival of Politics.
Bellshill MSYP Jordan Linden and Motherwell and Wishaw MSYP Lauren King (right) with Coatbridge and Chryston MSYP Kimberley Honeyman at the Festival of Politics.
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YOUNG politicians represented North Lanarkshire at the recent British Youth Council Conference (BYC) in Cardiff.

They included Motherwell and Wishaw MSYP Lauren King who travelled to Wales to debate hot topics like equal marriage, votes at 16, youth unemployment and first aid.

Lauren, who also chairs the North Lanarkshire Youth Council (NLYC), said: “We were honoured to represent North Lanarkshire and it was great to meet other young people and discuss matters that all of us care about.

“All the delegates received training, which was really useful. There was a jam packed agenda, with reports from trustees, elections of trustees and elections of British Youth Council officers.

“We’ve all come away from the conference raring to go. We’ve got new ideas, and we’re inspired to really embrace our roles in the youth council.

“We’re also continuing our work with the British Youth Council in as many ways as we can to help encourage more young people to get involved with youth democracy and making a positive change in their communities.”

Over the past few months, the NLYC has been organising a campaign on promoting positive images of young people and challenging age discrimination and are looking forward to attending the council-wide consultation on equality.

Members of NLYC also attended the Festival of Politics held at the Scottish Parliament, where Lauren was joined by Bellshill MSYP Jordan Linden.

Youth development officer June Ford said: “Through these experiences our young people are building on their skills and knowledge to represent fairly and confidently and are keen to share their experiences and empower all young people to get involved in local youth democracy.“

For more information, please contact the NLYC on www.facebook.com/NLYC or June Ford on 01236 821578.