MEETinLEEDS celebrates success of annual UK Youth Parliament conference

We were thrilled to support the the annual UK Youth Parliament conference, which took place on campus earlier this month. Attracting over 400 young people from across the UK, the conference created an opportunity for young people to engage in open debates and workshops, tackling relevant political topics and networking with like-minded people.

Visiting the university for the third time, the event took place from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th August. Offering a variety of open debates about current topics ranging from climate change, mental health and the political engagement of young people, the attendees also took part in educational workshops tackling hate crime and lessons in public speaking. In addition to the range of activities available, the young delegates also enjoyed relaxed social events on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

Furthermore, political keynote speaker John Bercow MP, Speaker at the House of Commons, delivered a motivational talk on the importance of the UK Youth Parliament and the success of the Make Your Mark campaign, which attracted over 1.1million young people last year. Mary Clear, MBE at Incredible Edible, also attended the conference, delivering an uplifting speech on the importance of grassroots campaigns.

Zoe Cumberland, Head of Programmes at the British Youth Council, the organisation that coordinates the UK Youth Parliament, said: “We’re thrilled that the UK Youth Parliament Annual Conference was such a huge success and we hope that is has created a lasting impression on the many young people who attended. The University of Leeds provided the perfect location for the event, due to its ideal location and fantastic facilities and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re delighted to have supported the British Youth Council with such an important event for young people. It’s great to see so many 11-18 year olds getting engaged with politics and we look forward to seeing them get involved in the political landscape and work to shape our country in years to come, utilising the skills generated at this event.”

You can find out more information about the British Youth Council on their website.