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Logan Richards our young patron joins the UK Youth Parliament

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In November 2021, my mother saw an advertisement for young people to apply to be members of the UK Youth Parliament. She knew that I was passionate about politics and that I had a lot of views on different topics and that I would want to apply. I had to write a personal statement that was no more than fifty words long and this was no mean feat as fifty words is not a lot when you are trying to sell yourself! I was then invited to a meeting along with lots of other applicants.

We discussed how the UK Youth Parliament operated and how the process of the election of two members and two deputy members would work.

All members would represent Hull on a local and regional scale and the two members selected would also represent the children of Hull on a national scale. We would represent the children of Hull via make your mark which is where the constituencies of the UK vote on one of the seven categories that they want their MYP (Members of the Youth Parliament) to discuss and debate upon.

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In December 2021 I changed my manifesto to be more appealing to the children of Hull as this was to be my last chance before elections would go forward.

This was because 11–18-year-olds throughout Hull would have the chance to read through the manifestos of each candidate and then choose who they thought would best represent them.

After another meeting at the Kingston Youth Centre in Hull I was invited to attend a scrutiny meeting at the Guildhall. I was very excited because I would be meeting councillors, and this made me feel important.

We were given a lengthy document to scrutinise what certain of Heads of Departments were doing so that the council could be fully informed and have all the answers they needed.

I found this meeting very interesting and knew that I definitely would like the chance to be a member of the UK Youth Parliament.

I attended a couple more meetings of this nature before the elections went ahead. I was felt very doubtful that I would be successful as my views were about education, freedom of choice and economic development and I thought this may not interest some 11–18-year-olds even though these topics were very important to me.

I was called to the Guildhall on 4th March 2022 for the Lord Mayor of Kingston Upon Hull to announce which candidates had been successful.

I was both nervous and excited to go but what really shocked me was when I was asked to sign my name in a book which had hundreds of names of the people who had met the Lord Mayors of Kingston Upon Hull, previous and current.

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I could not believe it when the Consort informed us that Queen Elizabeth II had too signed the book when she came to officially open the Humber Bridge!

My name in the same book!

We were all told to line up and the Lord Mayor gave us a speech about even if we were not successful, we could continue to make a difference and she also informed us that the current MYPs for Hull were stepping down, but they would always be part of the Youth Parliament

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Then the moment came that the Lord Mayor announced the new two deputy members and I remember thinking that I now had no chance, but she then announced another member and then my name! I originally said ‘pardon?’ as I could not believe what I was hearing.

She then confirmed and said ‘Logan Richards’ and I think my heart skipped quite a few beats. I then hugged the other MYP before having lots of photos taken with the other winning candidates, the Lord Mayor, Consort, and chair/vice chair of the Hull City Council.

I am not sure of my official starting date, but I know that in three weeks’ time I am going to a regional Youth Parliament meeting York. I will keep you updated and thank you for your continued support.

Anna shared “We are so proud of Logan and look forward to hearing of his progress”.

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