Leanne Wood has urged young people in the Rhondda to get involved in the proposed Welsh Youth Parliament to have a say on how their nation is run.
The Rhondda AM said she hoped as many local youngsters got involved with the new body as well as put themselves forward for election. Secondary schools, colleges and youth organisations are being urged to encourage their pupils and learners to come forward and engage.
After being without a voice for several years, young people will get the chance to shape Government policy in Wales after the Plaid Cymru Presiding Officer Elin Jones made the establishment of a youth parliament a priority.
“It is great news that Wales is finally having a youth parliament after years of being without such a national youth forum at the National Assembly for Wales,” said Ms Wood.
“Following consultation with more than 5,000 young people in Wales, the future youth parliament’s remit will be to investigate, debate and campaign on issues chosen by young people as well as listen to young people and represent their views.
“It will also engage with Assembly Members and help children and young people understand how the National Assembly for Wales and the Wales Youth Parliament works.”
Ms Wood added: “There will be 60 Youth Parliament Members, 40 of which will be elected First Past the Post from each constituency in Wales, with another 20 elected by partner organisations to ensure diverse representation.
“Voter registration opened on May 31st with nomination and election of candidates taking place later in the year. An announcement on the make-up of the youth parliament is scheduled for December.
“It would be great if we could have the strongest possible representation from the Rhondda so I urge schools and colleges to get involved by visiting the youth parliament website www.youthparliament.wales or emailing [email protected] for further information.”
If any young people in the Rhondda want to know more about getting active in politics, I’d urge them to get in touch – email [email protected]