St Albans teenager takes his seat in Youth Parliament

PUBLISHED: 09:31 01 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:19 06 May 2010

Members of the Youth Parliament

Members of the Youth Parliament

A YOUNG politician has been playing a key role in shaping the national manifesto of the UK Youth Parliament. Marlborough School student Josh Molloy, aged 14, is one of the county s six MYPs (Member of Youth Parliament) and attended the annual assembly las

A YOUNG politician has been playing a key role in shaping the national manifesto of the UK Youth Parliament.

Marlborough School student Josh Molloy, aged 14, is one of the county's six MYPs (Member of Youth Parliament) and attended the annual assembly last month earlier this month.

The UK's 350 MYPs debated issues important to young people at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and formulated an action plan to present to the Government.

The weekend was packed with training sessions, debates, fringe meetings and work on the manifesto. Keynote speakers included the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the new Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

Josh said: "It was really good. The guest speakers were particularly enjoyable and I got to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury. Every time we go to this sort of event it builds our skills."

Just one of Josh's other highlights included attending a session on the subject of international intervention, which broadened his knowledge of global politics.

Richard Thake, executive member for education and skills at Herts County Council, said: "Members of the Youth Parliament raise the issues that matter to young people and their role is growing in importance in local, regional and national government."

He added: "Going to the national assembly and engaging with MYPs from all over the UK is a great way for them to broaden their horizons, develop their confidence and help them gain a better understanding."

The six strong contingent of Herts MYPs were supported by Youth Connexions, and the group was accompanied by youth development worker Ian Crichton, along with youth worker Mrs Alex Ferguson.

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