12 March 2014

Two A Level students from Cadbury College have started their election campaigns in a bid to represent Birmingham as members of the Youth Parliament. With elections taking place this week, the candidates have outlined their manifestos and are busy campaigning for votes across local communities.

The Youth Parliament encourages young people aged between 11 and 18 to get involved in politics to make a positive change for their peers across the country. There are seventeen candidates locally and the five who draw the most votes will become Birmingham’s representatives for 2014, whilst five others will become their deputies.

Sixth form student Nathaniel Yeo, from Kings Norton, is one of the Youth Parliament candidates. Currently in his first year of A Levels, Nathaniel would like to study Politics at university and has ambitions to become a future Politician. He said: "People aged under 18 can’t vote. The Youth Parliament means young people can participate in political issues on a local and national level.”

Fellow candidate and classmate Ibrahim Ilyas, who is aged sixteen and from Sparkhill, is keen to ensure the voice of Birmingham’s youth is heard. He said: “I want to ensure young people get involved in politics and have a say in issues that matter to them and their future.” Cadbury College wishes both students all the best with their campaigns.

Current students can make their vote in the college’s Learning Resource Centre between 10th- 14th March 2014. More information about UK Youth Parliament is available from www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk..

Image: Young MP candidates Ibrahim and Nathaniel with Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (centre) on his recent visit to Cadbury College