Leeds youngsters make their mark on democracy

A record number of young people from Leeds had their say in this year’s national Make Your Mark ballot.

Make Your Mark is the UK Youth Parliament’s annual ballot for young people 11 to 18 years old.

Over the past two months young people from across the UK were asked to vote for their most important issue, which they want raising with the UK Youth Parliament. The top five issues will be taken to the House of Commons in November for members of the UK Youth Parliament to vote on and chose their national campaign for 2014/15.

In Leeds 18,261 young people completed the Make Your Mark Ballot, which is 29% of the population of 11 to 18 year olds in Leeds, this is 13% more than last year’s turnout for Leeds. Across the UK this year, a record turnout of over 865,000 young people took part in the vote.

The Leeds members of Youth Parliament, Leeds Youth Council Members and schools across Leeds all took part in the Make Your Mark Ballot. The top issue voted for by Leeds young people and the focus of the Leeds MYP’s for next 12 months will be campaigning for young people to have the right to vote at 16.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families said:

“Empowering children and young people to have their say about issues that affect them is one of our child friendly Leeds ambitions. We are fortunate to have three passionate members of youth parliament here in Leeds and it is very encouraging to see that so many young people wanted to have their say and took part in this year’s Make Your Mark youth ballot. Our young people are extremely passionate about the things that affect them and have shown that in how they many have taken part in this ballot.”

The debate at the House of Commons will be screened live on BBC Democracy Live on Friday 14 November.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk