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UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament aims to give a voice to the young people of the UK between the ages of 11-18.

What is the UK Youth Parliament?

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to be elected as a member of the youth parliament (MYP) so they can bring about social change.

UKYP conduct a number of democratic activities across the year. This includes:

  • House of Commons debates
  • Regional meetings
  • Regular dialogue with ministers, including the prime minister and opposition spokespeople
  • Inputs to policy and programme development
More about the UK Youth Parliament - includes aims, goals and number of MYPs

When are the Member of Youth Parliament elections?

Member of youth parliament elections in Rochdale borough take place every year, usually between December-February.

Any young person aged 11-18 can run in the election to be an MYP. A member of youth parliament's term of office lasts for one year.

How can I stand as a candidate in the MYP elections?

To apply to stand as a candidate in the 2020 MYP elections:

  1. You'll need to be aged 11-17 and live in Rochdale borough.
  2. Download and complete the member of youth parliament application form below and either:
    1. Email it to or
    2. Post it to Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet, Matthew Moss Youth Centre, Matthew Moss Lane, Rochdale OL11 3LU.
  3. Make sure we receive your application by Friday, 29 November 2019.
  4. We'll let you know if you're shortlisted and what the next steps are by Tuesday, 10 December 2019.
Member of youth parliament application form (879kb pdf)

What does our member of youth parliament do?

The member of youth parliament for Rochdale borough will:

  • Support and speak on behalf of Rochdale Borough Youth Council and Youth Cabinet.
  • Work alongside Rochdale Borough Children’s Champion to help improve the lives of children and young people in Rochdale borough.
  • Attend and chair meetings for Rochdale Borough Youth Council, who meet every 4 months and Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet who currently meet weekly.
  • Attend and participate in Youthforia – a regional youth forum for the North West.
  • Have enthusiasm, energy and take an interest in the rights of children and young people and work to get this message to all children and young people of the borough of Rochdale.
Rochdale youth voice- more about Rochdale Borough Youth Council, Youth Cabinet and Children's Champion.

Who is our member of youth parliament?

Louis Tweedale. Louis Tweedale is the current Member of Youth Parliament for Rochdale borough.

Louis is a student at Rochdale Sixth Form College. He was elected on 13 February 2019. You can follow Louis' work on Twitter @Louis_Tweedale.

Louis' manifesto points are:

  • Furthering the youth cabinet's work on mental health support for young people.
  • Knife crime prevention and support.
  • Work experience opportunities for all young people.

View MYPs across Greater Manchester and the UK.


01706 926090

Phone: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.

Youth Service
Floor 4, Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU