European Youth Parliament UK 2016-02-11T12:08:50Z http://www.eypuk.co.uk/feed/atom/ Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Newcastle EurVoice Report]]> http://www.eypuk.co.uk/?p=4037 2016-02-09T17:37:42Z 2016-02-09T17:37:42Z Friday 29th January saw the first EurVoice event of the New Year and the first in the North East! It was attended by two schools with an excellent track record in EYP: Durham Johnston and Ponteland High. Upon arrival, students from both schools were excited to discuss some very important and relevant topics, and as […]

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Friday 29th January saw the first EurVoice event of the New Year and the first in the North East! It was attended by two schools with an excellent track record in EYP: Durham Johnston and Ponteland High. Upon arrival, students from both schools were excited to discuss some very important and relevant topics, and as a result enthusiasm was in abundance. Thus setting the tone for what was an interesting and rewarding day for all involved.

The day began with an introduction from the EYPUK alumni and, in keeping with EYP protocol, a quick energiser! Following this the students were divided into groups and made their way round the four topic areas – which were as follows:

  • Drinking age: should it be increased to 21?
  • Fracking: should it be banned within the EU?
  • Grammar schools: should they be abolished?
  • Voting: should it be compulsory?

The level of interest and the quality of discussion was fantastic to see. Students, some of whom had never met before, were passionately engaging in debates and defending their beliefs – whilst being receptive to other points of view – and could have easily done so for much longer than the half an hour allocated to each topic.

The momentum of the day certainly wasn’t slowed by the lunch break either. With students making good use of the time to prepare difficult questions for the second part of the day – a question time style session with the following local politicians as the panellists:

  • Cllr Robin Ashby – Newcastle upon Tyne Liberal Democrats
  • Cllr Stephen Powers –  Newcastle Labour
  • Kevin Wilson – North East Conservative Future

The Q&A session lasted for around two hours and was divided into the four topic areas, with each panellist putting forth their opinions before responding to the students’ questions. Many interesting points were made, including should the NHS be free at the point of use for those who overindulge on alcohol, and, could the proportional representation system be a viable alternative to compulsory voting?

It was no surprise that the alcohol debate captured the attention of the students, but interestingly, the fracking and grammar schools debates were equally as intense – with passionate disagreements popping up between both the panellists and the students alike. This left a clear impression that young people care a great deal about not just the issues that directly affect them, but wider political issues as well.

We hope that those involved will continue to show the level of interest in politics that they had at the session by discussing issues not only with their friends, but with key decision-makers. We also hope that by running more events like this one, we can inspire more young people to take an active involvement in politics and get their voices heard.

With all this in mind, we can certainly conclude that our first Newcastle EurVoice was a resounding success. All the students came in with enthusiasm, but not necessarily the confidence to voice their opinions on such controversial topics. However by the end they were actively contributing to constructive debates, even fighting to get the last question in (not literally!). We hope to see them all at the North East Regionals in March.

Finally a big thank you to all those who made the event possible: Ali Amjad and his team of EYPUK Alumni, the panellists and of course the students and teachers in attendance.

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Call for Regional Officials 2016!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=4026 2016-01-18T22:26:48Z 2016-01-15T17:29:21Z Dear Alumni, EYPUK is absolutely delighted to announce the call for officials for our Regional Forums this year! Between February and March, EYPUK holds 14 one-day regional forums located in various cities across the country, from Edinburgh to Oxford to our very first forum in Manchester. These events consist of a General Assembly in which up to 6 […]

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Dear Alumni,

EYPUK is absolutely delighted to announce the call for officials for our Regional Forums this year! Between February and March, EYPUK holds 14 one-day regional forums located in various cities across the country, from Edinburgh to Oxford to our very first forum in Manchester. These events consist of a General Assembly in which up to 6 current European issues are debated, and are attended by a guest speaker such as a local MP or mayor.

We are looking for a 3 board members, 3-4 jurors and a session journalist for each forum. These forums are a great opportunity for newer alumni to have a first chance to take the role of official, as well as for more experienced alumni looking for a way to stay involved in EYP closer to home. Additionally, EYPUK can cover up to £20 of your travel expenses. Further details on our expenses policy can be found by clicking here.

You can see the current locations and dates of our Regional events if you click here, and remember that you can apply for more than one! To apply, please complete the Regional Application Form 2016 and send it back to us at regionals@eypuk.co.uk before 23:59 on Friday 22nd January 2016.

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[EurVoice Report: Merseyside]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=4022 2016-01-11T14:15:51Z 2016-01-11T14:15:51Z Following the fantastic success of September’s EurVoice Liverpool there was a demand for a similar event that would be offered to non-Liverpool schools on Merseyside. As a result, on Tuesday 8th December over 80 Key Stage 3 students from schools in the Merseyside boroughs of Sefton and Knowsley attended the first ever EurVoice Merseyside event […]

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Following the fantastic success of September’s EurVoice Liverpool there was a demand for a similar event that would be offered to non-Liverpool schools on Merseyside. As a result, on Tuesday 8th December over 80 Key Stage 3 students from schools in the Merseyside boroughs of Sefton and Knowsley attended the first ever EurVoice Merseyside event at Liverpool University – though there were a handful of students from Liverpool schools who did manage to sneak their way in.

This full day event was divided into 4 workshops – 5 if free lunch provided by Liverpool University is included.

Workshop 1 involved looking at overview of how UK is governed on a local, national and EU level.

Workshop 2 looked at importance of taking part in a political set up whether it is with a small ‘p’ or a capital ‘P’. Comparisons were raised between the number of people voting in the 18-24 age range and those aged 60+. Questions such as “Does this have any bearing on Government policies regarding what older people receive free of charge and what younger people have to pay for?” were discussed.

Workshop 3 required the delegates to plan their own Political Party along, including its own national policies. If these plans are realised, there will be some interesting policies on offer in 2020.

The day ended with Question Time involving panel of local politicians representing the 4 political parties that are represented at the Liverpool City Council. Unfortunately the end of the day came too soon with lots of hands still in the air with burning questions for the panel.

Thanks must go to those involved in organising such a successful day – Chris and Amber of Merseyside Network for Community Outreach [MNCO] who organised transport, rooms and lunch and delivered 1 of the workshops; undergraduates from the Law Department of Liverpool University for delivering other workshops; and Ciara and Caitlin of EYPUK for devising the format.

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[EurVoice Cardiff: Call for Officials]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=4019 2016-01-10T17:20:42Z 2016-01-10T17:20:42Z We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Cardiff EurVoice on the 26th February will take place at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff. Alumni will be needed from 9am. Please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in EurVoice, the role on the day will consist of leading […]

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We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Cardiff EurVoice on the 26th February will take place at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff. Alumni will be needed from 9am. Please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part.

EurVoice-logo-300x299This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in EurVoice, the role on the day will consist of leading workshops with groups of school children to prepare them for a Q&A session with a panel of experts. To learn more about EYPUK’s EurVoice outreach programme, click here.

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Alumni Training Weekend]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=4007 2016-01-08T10:38:45Z 2016-01-08T10:13:41Z EYPUK is delighted to announce the first ‘Training Weekend for Alumni’. This is not only a brilliant opportunity to have training from experienced chairs, media team members, editors and organisers, but looks set to be a great social event and a chance to meet more EYPUK Alumni.  Where? Hatters Hostel, Liverpool When? Evening of 12th […]

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EYPUK is delighted to announce the first ‘Training Weekend for Alumni’.
This is not only a brilliant opportunity to have training from experienced chairs, media team members, editors and organisers, but looks set to be a great social event and a chance to meet more EYPUK Alumni.

 Where? Hatters Hostel, Liverpool
When? Evening of 12th Feb– lunchtime 14th Feb. 
Cost? £20 for accommodation and breakfast for both nights

Deadline to sign up is 12pm on Friday 8th January, places are limited so please sign up quickly if you know you can come! Use our form to confirm your place!

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Newcastle EurVoice: Call for Officials]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3999 2015-12-22T23:39:47Z 2015-12-22T15:15:16Z We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Newcastle EurVoice on the 29th January 2016 which will take place in Newcastle University. Alumni will be needed from 9am. Please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in EurVoice, the role on the day will consist of […]

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We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Newcastle EurVoice on the 29th January 2016 which will take place in Newcastle University. Alumni will be needed from 9am. Please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part.

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Votes at 16 and 17 on the EU Referendum]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3982 2015-12-17T18:06:20Z 2015-12-17T14:59:56Z On 8 December 2015, MPs voted to overturn a House of Lords amendment to the legislation paving the way for the EU referendum, which would have given 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote on the issue. If it had successfully made its way through the Commons, the House of Lords amendment would […]

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On 8 December 2015, MPs voted to overturn a House of Lords amendment to the legislation paving the way for the EU referendum, which would have given 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote on the issue.

CahhptureIf it had successfully made its way through the Commons, the House of Lords amendment would have given 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote on the UK’s future membership of the European Union, in the due-to-be announced referendum.

Despite support from Labour, the SNP, the Green Party, and the Liberal Democrats, the amendment was overturned by 303 votes to 253 in the Commons. In an attempt to overturn the Commons’ ruling, Labour Lords proposed a further amendment, challenging the government’s figures over the cost of extending the franchise. This was also defeated however, with the House of Lords rejecting the proposal. This signals the end to the battle over the referendum legislation

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The Government’s official line is that the current general election franchise is ‘tried and tested’ and therefore we shouldn’t alter that franchise for a single referendum.  This is despite other devolved regions of the UK having already altered and applied a new franchise which allows for votes at 16, Scotland for example.

Another issue is the cost and its implications in terms of convention. Parliamentary procedure dictates that the Lords should not block a Commons decision over spending proposals. With the proposed franchise extension costing a predicted £6m, the government believes that the votes at 16 proposal should end with its rejection in the Commons. Others may disagree as to whether Parliamentary procedure applies here, as the predicted £6m is a tiny proportion of government spending.

There are also concerns that young people are apathetic when it comes to politics, and will either make uninformed decisions or not vote at all – costing the tax payer a hefty sum while offering little in return. Considering the turnout in the Scottish independence referendum, in which 75% of 16-17 year olds voted, this seems unlikely.

Supporters of votes at 16 argue that 16 and 17 year olds should have a say over their future, particularly as the EU offers young people so much in terms of study and employment opportunities abroad. Extending the franchise for the EU referendum is also seen as an opportunity to engage young people in politics early on.

Further still, young people can be legally employed, and will pay both income tax and national insurance if they earn enough. As such there is an argument that as tax payers, 16 and 17 year olds deserve representation, although this is an argument for extending the franchise on all issues rather than any single issue.

Certainly the vote at 16 proposal has seen a lot of support from politicians of various parties, with many sharing their views publicly over Twitter. Cynics, however, argue that this is simply populism, a ploy to get young people voting for those parties who have supported their right to a vote.
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A recent poll published by the TUC has found their respondents to be largely in favour of votes at 16, with 86% of those who answered in favour.

We at the European Youth Parliament UK have also produced and shared a poll over Twitter and Facebook, asking our social media followers to tell us whether they are opposed to or in favour of votes at 16 for the EU referendum.

The results are less clear cut and so far show a direct tie, with 50% of respondents voting in favour of the proposal, and 50% voting against the proposal.

It’s not too late to respond to our poll and we’d love to hear what you think so that we can get a greater picture of the views of young people! Be sure to take a few seconds to respond, and don’t forget to share your opinions on the matter with us over social media.

Robert Wragg, EYPUK

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[National Head Organisers 2016!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3976 2015-12-07T21:42:22Z 2015-12-07T21:37:52Z EYPUK is very excited to announce our National Head Organisers for 2016! The following pairs have been selected: Summer NS 2016 – Naomi Foale & Phoebe Dodds Autumn NS 2016 – Anthony McKee & Ali Amjad We are all very pleased to be working with the two pairs and wish them the best of luck […]

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EYPUK is very excited to announce our National Head Organisers for 2016! The following pairs have been selected:

Summer NS 2016 – Naomi Foale & Phoebe Dodds

Autumn NS 2016 – Anthony McKee & Ali Amjad
We are all very pleased to be working with the two pairs and wish them the best of luck for the next year – we are confident that you will do a great job! All session updates will be posted on our website,Facebook and Twitter pages so keep your eye out for more exciting news. Thank you to all other applicants too, we hope to see you involved in the many sessions and events that EYPUK has planned in the future.
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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[EurVoice Live 2015!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3969 2015-11-30T22:05:17Z 2015-11-30T22:05:17Z On Wednesday 18 October EYPUK took over Twitter with EurVoice Live, offering young people from all across the country the chance to put their questions to an online panel of politicians as part of Parliament Week 2015. In our most successful EurVoice Live to date; local, regional, national and European politicians from a range of […]

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On Wednesday 18 October EYPUK took over Twitter with EurVoice Live, offering young people from all across the country the chance to put their questions to an online panel of politicians as part of Parliament Week 2015.

In our most successful EurVoice Live to date; local, regional, national and European politicians from a range of political parties sat on our virtual panel to answer questions from, and discuss issues with, young people, all through the platform of Twitter. Our panellists this year were:

Leanne Wood – leader of Plaid Cymru
Stephen Twigg – MP for Liverpool West Derby
Sir Richard Leese – Leader of Manchester City Council
Tom Brake – MP for Carshalton and Wallington
Richard Kemp CBE – Leader of Liverpool Liberal Democrats
Patrick Harvey – Co convenor of the Scottish Green Party and MSP for Glasgow
Theresa Griffin – MEP for North West England
Louise Haigh – MP for Sheffield Heeley

Questions varied in focus and covered a whole range of issues. Many touched upon the crisis in Syria and the threat to international security, while others looked at the UK’s role in Europe as well as domestic issues such as agricultural subsidies. One Tweeter even queried the possibility of the devolved nations of the UK having their own entries into Eurovision, sparking a well-supported response from Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood!
eurvoice live eurovisionJust as Jeremy Corbyn has led to an increase in political engagement amongst young people, he remains a contentious figure for many, and a question about his electability led to a short but sweet debate between our panellists.
corbynA number of schools decided to get in on the EurVoice Live action through their school Twitter accounts, asking a flurry of questions to our panellists on behalf of their pupils, which were duly answered.

EurVoice Live provides a great opportunity for young people to engage with influential political figures without having to converge in one place. This creates an open and accessible online space for all to discuss and engage with the political issues that affect and interest them. This is hugely important in developing young people’s interests in politics and providing answers to any questions they may have.
euEurVoice Live 2015 was a great success, and our most active and engaging Twitter event yet.  Many thanks to all who got involved with EurVoice Live by raising issues and asking questions, and of course a huge thank you to our panel of online politicians. We look forward to EurVoice Live 2016!

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[EurVoice Merseyside: Call for Officials]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3963 2015-11-28T09:23:44Z 2015-11-25T22:38:52Z We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Merseyside EurVoice on 8th December 2015 which will take place at the University of Liverpool. Alumni will be needed from 10am and please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part. Our EurVoice sessions have moved from strength to strength over the years so don’t miss […]

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We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Merseyside EurVoice on 8th December 2015 which will take place at the University of Liverpool. Alumni will be needed from 10am and please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part.

Our EurVoice sessions have moved from strength to strength over the years so don’t miss this chance to help run another of these fantastic sessions! The role on the day will consist of leading workshops with groups of school children to prepare them for a Q&A session with a panel of experts. To learn more about EYPUK’s EurVoice outreach programme, click here.

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