County’s youth makes it’s mark

Connor Wold
Connor Wold

Youngsters in Burnley have been making their mark on the future of the town.

The Make Your Mark ballot, launched in August, aims to give young people, aged between 11 and 18, the chance to have a say on what is discussed by their constituency’s Member of Youth Parliament.

Some 2,766 voters turned out in Burnley where they picked one issue from a ballot of 10.

This Friday, November 14th, Members of Youth Parliament across the United Kingdom will meet at the House of Commons, in London, to discuss the five top issues chosen, and a unanimous decision will be made as to which issue will be the next national youth campaign.

The debate will be televised live on BBC Parliament .

Burnley Youth MP Connor Wold said: “On a bigger scale, our county, Lancashire, raised an astonishing total of 32,887, ‘Make Your Mark’ ballots.

“On a National scale the United Kingdom managed to raise a grand total of 865,000 and this 81% rise managed to recognize this event as the largest youth consultation to date.

“I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all the local secondary and higher education establishments that took part in this ballot.

“I would also like to recognise the hard work of the youth councillors on the team.”

Anybody aged between 11 and 18 years old can attend Burnley Youth Council meetings every Monday at the Youth Zone between 6-30 and 8-30pm.

• For more information, contact Roger.Inglis@lancashire.gov.uk