Standing for Elections as MYP

To become an MYP you have to be elected by other young people in an official UKYP election.

– Any young person who is a resident of the UK, and aged between 11 and 18 years old (inclusive) has the right to stand for election as an MYP and the right to vote for their MYP.

– Blackpool represents a Youth Parliament Constituency.  Blackpool has the position for 1 MYP (Member of Youth Parliament) and 1 DMYP (Deputy Member of Youth Parliament)

– Elections generally take place between February and March each year.

– Over the past couple of years over one million young people have voted in UKYP elections throughout the whole UK.

What happens if I get elected?

– Once you are elected you will be expected to find out the concerns and needs of other young people in your constituency, and represent these views to decision makers on a local, regional and national level.

– During you term of office you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of events projects and campaigns.

– Your MP will be keen to hear from you, and many MYPs develop a productive working relationship with their MP, often having regular meetings at the House of Commons and in the constituency.

– In addition to working locally and regionally, the UKYP also undertakes to facilitate meetings between MYPs, Government Ministers and Government Departments on the issues that are raised in the UKYP Manifesto.

– As an MYP you will also get an opportunity to attend between six and ten regional meetings during you term of office. Once a year the UKYP holds an Annual Sitting, which brings together all of the MYPs from across the whole of the UK, for a four day residential to receive training, plan campaigns, update the UKYP Manifesto and socialise!

How much time do I need to commit?

– An MYP’s term of office lasts for two years. On average you will need to commit between one and five hours per week on UKYP activities.

What skills will I develop whilst being an MYP?

Each MYP’s experience is likely to be different from the next. But in general MYPs will develop a combination of the following skills:

– Communication skills
– Public speaking skills
– Greater knowledge of politics and current affairs
– The ability to look at an issue from someone else’s perspective
– Debating skills
– Teamwork skills
– Leadership skills
– Organisational skills
– Negotiation skills

What should I do next?

If you want more information about standing as a candidate in Blackpool, you should fill out our declaration of interest form and we will get back to you with what happens next within 48 hours. Alternatively you can contact April at  UR Potential on: 01253 344389 or you can email youthsupport@blackpoolyouthvoice.co.uk for more information.

Click here to Declare Interest

Election Information Packs

Click here to download our Information Pack.

Can I still be involved with Blackpool Youth Voice if I’m not an MYP?

Yes absolutely. There are a range of things you can do, e.g. support our campaigns, debate in our online forums, take part in consultations and join our group of members! Contact youthsupport@blackpoolyouthvoice.co.uk for more ifnromation on how to get involved.