Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today welcomed Orkney’s contribution towards the record breaking UK Youth Parliament 2016 Make Your Mark ballot result.
‘Make Your Mark’ is the UK’s largest annual youth consultation, and polls young people from 11-18 on the campaign they want to see the Youth Parliament campaign on for the year ahead.
This year a record breaking 978,216 young people took part in ‘Make Your Mark’ with the top five most voted for topics across the UK being; A curriculum to prepare us for life, Tackling racism and religious discrimination, Transport, Votes at 16 and Stop cuts that affect the NHS.
304 young people in Orkney took part in this year’s vote and topping the poll was ‘Stop cuts that affect the NHS’, Mental Health and Votes at 16.
The campaigns topics will be debated in the House of Commons on Friday 11 November where Jack Norquoy, one of Orkney’s MSYPs who also serves as the MYP for the Highlands and Islands, will represent Scotland as the ‘Debate Lead’. Jack will be will speaking for Votes at 16 during the debate.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“Jack and Thorfinn have been excellent representatives for Orkney in the Scottish Youth Parliament and in UK Youth Parliament. They have shown how Orkney's MSYPs can give young people in the islands a strong voice both at home and across the UK.
“Make Your Mark is a great opportunity for young people to have their voice heard and I am delighted to see Orkney has contributed in record numbers. It is of note that the issues around health, education and transport remain important for young people, which demonstrates the work that still needs to be done.
“In the meantime, it is great news that Jack will be leading a debate in the House of Commons, putting Orkney front and centre in the UK’s Youth Parliament. I have no doubt he will be more than up to the task, and do Orkney proud.”
Commenting, Jack Norquoy MSYP MYP said:
“Make Your Mark provides a great opportunity for issues that matter to young people to be heard both on a local and national level. I am absolutely delighted to see over 900,000 young people take part in this year’s vote with Orkney again contributing towards this record-breaking result.
“It is very important that we continue to campaign on all of these important issues and I look forward to attending the House of Commons Sitting to raise the issues young people in Orkney have voted for.”