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Suffolk UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)

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The UK Youth Parliament is run by young people for young people.


What's it all about?

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people, and Suffolk UKYP is part of the SAY network.

In Suffolk there are MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) and DMYPs (Deputy Member of Youth Parliament) who together work to represent your views in this county and regionally.

UKYP gives young people a powerful voice that is heard by decision makers in local and national government and helps young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better.

Being an MYP is all about finding out the views of young people and presenting their views, opinions and issues to local decision makers, as well as being a collective voice for young people in Suffolk.

Follow @SuffolkUKYP on Twitter

And now you can become an MYP too!

Get on board today - become a Youth Member of Parliament for Suffolk

The UK Youth Parliament are now holding elections for UKYP members to be elected in Suffolk. Applications for candidates will need to be submitted by Wednesday 19 April, and online voting will open on 21 April.

To apply, you must:

  • Be aged 11-18
  • Live, work or study in the area you are standing for
  • Be able to commit 7 hours a month to Suffolk UKYP.

To run for election, you will need to respond to a few questions and produce a short video or a written response.

You should have 3 things that you are passionate about and want to change in your local area, region, nationally or even internationally. It could be anything - education, youth services, transport costs, the environment - anything you have a passion for and want to change for the better.

The three issues will form your manifesto, and will be what you work on during your time as an MYP among other things. You will be elected by other young people based on your manifesto.
You will also need to talk about what would make you a good member of UK Youth Parliament.

The things you need to address in your video or written manifesto are:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Where you are from
  • Three things you like to see change in your community
  • What would make you a good member of UK Youth Parliament?

Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes long, and written responses should be one side of A4, including any images and will be posted on this website and via Suffolk MYP social media accounts.
Applications must be submitted by 19 April, via email to

Download - Youth member of parliament candidate information pack
Download - Guide for how to apply to be a candidate

Voting will be open for young people to vote for candidates from 21 April – 5 May 2017. Votes will then be collected and counted and the successful candidates will be notified on 9 May 2017.

For more information get in touch with Gareth on 07843 343 810, or email


UKYP campaigns for 2017

Four of our MYPs went to the House of Commons on 11th November 2016 to debate the top 5 Make Your Mark issues with other MYPs across the UK. They all cast their votes and the issues chosen as the campaigns for 2017 are:

  • Votes at 16 (UK campaign)
  • Curriculum to prepare us for life (England-only campaign)

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