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Congratulations to Morgan Taylor, Brighton and Hove’s newly elected representative in the UK Youth Parliament. She now represents nearly 54,000 young people as one of only 600 members of the UK Youth Parliament.
Morgan joined the Brighton and Hove Youth Council (BHYC) in November 2010. This regional forum, which meets monthly and which Morgan now chairs, is taken seriously by City Council leaders because they examine community-wide issues from a young person’s perspective. Recent debates have addressed areas such as the environment, tourism and local democracy.
Soon after Morgan became a member of the BHYC, she was elected by the other members onto the UK Youth Parliament. The members organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people, hold regular national meetings and an annual debate in the House of Commons. The body has been praised by Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently described the UK Youth Parliament as, “an excellent organisation doing valuable work.”
Morgan concludes: “This position holds great responsibility, but I love getting young people inspired by local events, democracy and direct change. The Youth Council and Youth Parliament are excellent ways to ensure that the voices of young people in the region are heard on the national stage. And locally, it is also a way to bring Roedean into the community and the community into Roedean.”