UK Youth Parliament - Leeds

UKYP 2020 Elections

Applications are now open to become a Member of Youth Parilament for Leeds for 2020-2021. 

If you would like to apply, please apply online at  or using the application pack. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday 10th January 2020. A full UKYP 2020 Election Information Pack.docx and UKYP background letter.docx are now available to download
Once all applications are received they will be shortlisted down to a final six. Shortlisting will be done on the quality of your application with particular reference to your skills, experiences and what you hope to achieve in the role of Member of Youth Parliament. The six finalists will then have their manifestos put online ready for the public vote which runs from 24 January to 21 February 2020.
The six finalists will be informed of the result w/c 24th February, and invited to join the outgoing MYP’s and other finalists for pizza on Thursday 5th March 2019.
The three new MYPs for Leeds will officially start their term of office on the 1st March 2019.
If you have any further questions or would like help/advice on filling in the form, writing your accompanying manifesto or about the role of an MYP please email 

How it works

Every two years young people aged 11-18 vote for their four Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) to represent them at a local, regional and national level.

Following the elections at the start of 2018, the current MYPs for Leeds are: Samuel Cliff, Sylvia Cullen, Arqam Al-Hadeed and Harry Small.

During the late summer, MYPs helped roll out the 2018 Make Your Mark ballot (in which 24,708 young people from Leeds voted) and following the subsequent national sitting in the House of Commons in November, your local MYPs are now working on the UKYP national campaign which is 'tackling knife crime".

How to become an MYP for Leeds

The UKYP Elections happen every two years in Leeds with the next elections due to take place in early 2020. To ensure that you are always up-to-date with Youth Voice opportunities in Leeds and are amongtst the first to hear about the next UKYP elections we reccomend that you join the Leeds Youth Council

Current Campaign

Members of Youth Parliament for Leeds are currently working on a campaign to reduce knife crime amongst young people. This issue was voted the top national issue at the UKYP Sitting in the House of Commons in November 2018. Whilst working on this campaign - MYPs have also been busy with other projects and pieces of work. You can read their bi-annual updates below as well as a report from the Knife Crime Youth Summit held in July 2019.

Leeds UKYP Report Mar to Sept 2019.pdf

UKYP Knife Crime Event Report.pdf

April to Sept 2018 UKYP Report.pdf

Oct 2018 to Feb 2019 UKYP Report.pdf

Previous Campaigns

2011-12 Cheaper public transport

2012-13 Cheaper public transport

2013-14 A Curriculum for Life / Votes @ 16

View the short film documenting their journey here

2014-15 Better mental health services for young people

View the short film documenting their 2015 journey here

2015-16 Tackling Racial and Religious Discrimination

Read a full summary of the UKYP 2016-18 Full Term Report.pdf

View the 2016/17 #LetsTackleIt film or read the event report

Contact info and further links

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Twitter: @LeedsYouthVoice 

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