NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is calling on young people to get more involved in having a say on what happens in Wales.
He is urging anyone aged 11-18 years, with an interest in their country to apply to become members of The Welsh Youth Parliament.
Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture, is a great supporter of young people getting more involved in politics at an early age and sees the Welsh Youth Parliament as an excellent way of encouraging this.
A previous Youth Assembly for Wales, known as the Funky Dragon, was closed down in 2014, as funding was withdrawn.
However, many AM’s continued to campaign for its re-introduction and in 2016 plans were announced to re-introduce a youth parliament in Wales.
Mr Hamilton said: “I am delighted to see the return of the Welsh Youth Parliament. As someone who stood in my first election at the age of 12, when I was a pupil at the Amman Valley Grammar School, I welcome anything which encourages young people to take more interest in politics. Making them feel part of the process is a good start and will, I hope, give them a greater understanding of how decisions are made in Wales.
“The views of the younger generation are extremely important for the future and I would urge anyone interested in campaigning on issues, engaging with AM’s and getting involved with decision making, to apply to become a member of the Welsh Youth Parliament.”
The Welsh Youth Parliament 2018 will consist of 60 members who will take their seats in the Parliament, when it meets for the first time in February, next year.
Forty of them will represent the 40 constituencies of Wales, while another 20 will be elected by partner organisations to make sure there is representation from diverse groups of young people.
The term will last for two years and will empower young people to identify, raise awareness and debate the issues that are important to them.
To become a member, you must be 11-18 years old on November 25, 2018, live, and receive education in Wales.
Applications must be made between 3-30 September. To register to vote and find out more information go to: https://www.youthparliament.wales/
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