Calling on the youth to make their mark

Young people in north Northumberland are being encouraged to vote to decide what is debated by the Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) this year.

Run by youngsters, the UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11 to 18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.

The MYP for Northumberland is Annabelle Cooper, who was elected in December last year.

The Make Your Mark ballot will decide which five topics from a shortlist of 10 will be debated in the House of Commons by MYPs on Friday, November 14.

The shortlist includes votes at 16, the living wage, euthanasia and funding youth services.

Last year, nearly half-a-million young people voted in the ballot.

Voting is open until Friday, October 10, and young people can vote online at http://mym.mi-vote.com