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Search for youth parliamentarians in Norfolk begins

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The search for youth parliamentarians to represent young people on the local and national stage has begun.

Norfolk County Council is looking for passionate 11-18-year-olds, who would stand for two years if successful in the county-wide elections.

MYPs have the chance to meet as a group once a month to discuss local campaigns, debate within the House of Commons Chamber chaired by the speaker, John Bercow MP, and raise issues with MPs.

James Joyce, Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “Our youth parliamentarians have done some tremendous work in recent years, campaigning on a local and national stage. They have shown great commitment and passion for the issues affecting them and their peers and have been given the chance to develop new skills, take part in once in a lifetime experiences and, importantly, make a difference for Norfolk’s children and young people.”

Jacob Rhodes, 13, MYP for South Norfolk, added: “The feeling you get when you’re standing up for young people is priceless. This is an experience of a lifetime.”

To stand for election, candidates need to fill in an application form, available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/youthparliament. The deadline is Monday, February 15, at 5pm.

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