WEARSIDE youngsters are playing a vital role in peer politics.
Students from Sunderland have travelled to Leeds for the UK Youth Parliament annual sitting.
Members of the Youth Parliament representing the city are David Crone, 15, from Red House Academy, Daniel Alcock, 15, of Hetton School, and Misba ul Islam, 18, from the University of Sunderland.
The local representatives met the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP and debated issues that affect young people with Government and opposition MPs.
David said: “This brings together young people from all across the country to share their ideas and opinions about the issues affecting them, before working as a united force to devise, plan, develop and deploy campaigns to focus on tackling and remedying those problems.”
Members of Sunderland’s Youth Parliament meet every week to provide young people, aged between 11 and 18, with the chance to debate issues affecting their lives.
They joined more than 250 young people from across the UK at last weekend’s event to shape a new manifesto for Government and discuss future legislation.
Coun Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services at Sunderland City Council, said: “This was a great experience for our YMPs to meet their opposites from across the country along with national decision-makers.”
ABOUT 600,000 young people take part in the UK Youth Parliament elections each year.
More than 600 young people are elected as Members of the UK Youth Parliament. They work to ensure that the voices of young people are heard at a national, regional and local level.
For further details on the UK Youth Parliament visit www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk.