pn3626 Trib Gosain MYP 2MIDDLESBROUGH’S Member of the UK Youth Parliament Trib Gosain is to take part in a debate in the House of Commons.

The 16-year-old, who was elected to his position in May this year, is one of 300 MYPs across the UK attending the event.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow MP will chair the debate, which takes place on Friday, November 14, and which will include five issues chosen by a ballot of young people.

The MYPs will then vote to decide on which two issues should become the priority campaigns for 2015.

Macmillan Academy student Trib said: “It’s an absolute honour to represent my town in the House of Commons.

“There’s no better stage than this to debate issues, and, given there will be a massive amount of media attention, hopefully we can turn a few heads.

“Important issues such as youth employment, which is critical, must be raised, linking into the debate topics.”

The role of an MYP is to meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

Councillor Len Junier, Middlesbrough Council’s Youth Champion, added: “As an elected person it is important that Trib takes on board as many views of local young people as he can.

“In difficult times when young people are being hit by cuts in community services alongside being targeted by national press, it is vital that their voice is heard.

“Trib has an opportunity to both spread the word about excellent pieces of work by Middlesbrough young people as well as representing the wider town. I have the greatest faith that Trib will do our town and its young people proud.”

Following his election earlier this year, Trib declared that his priorities are to:

  • Create opportunities for apprenticeships and continuing with further education in the local area.
  • Maintain facilities for young people and develop dual-use of existing spaces in the town.
  • Increase work related opportunities for young people by working with local employers.

The House of Commons debate marks the start of Parliament Week – an annual national awareness week which aims to build greater awareness, understanding and engagement with parliamentary democracy in the UK.

Find out more about Parliament Week here: https://www.parliamentweek.org/