Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Stockport Council, yesterday met Alex Davies and Faith Oliver, Stockport’s elected Members of Youth Parliament.
Mark, a lifelong advocate of youth involvement in politics, said: “It was great to meet Alex and Faith and to hear them voice young people’s concerns about issues as diverse as climate change, young carers and youth mental health services. They also shared their frustrations about ways in which the council had made it harder for them to fulfil their roles, which I will be taking up with the Chief Executive at our next meeting.
“Stockport is really lucky to be represented by two such eloquent and confident young people and I look forward to following their progress, as they clearly have very bright futures ahead of them.”
Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected annually in every part of the UK. Once elected they meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.
The most important aspect of any MYP’s job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency. Any MYP can set up a campaign, and any young person can support it and make a difference.