The Welsh Youth Parliament election result for Cardiff South and Penarth

Rhian Shillabeer has been elected the Cardiff  South and Penarth representative on the Welsh Youth Parliament.

The so-called “Youth Parliament” comprises 60 young people, of whom 40 were elected in an on-line ballot covering each one of the 40 parliamentary constituencies in Wales;  the remaining 20 come from “organisations and charities”.

Rhian Shillabeer is now the Parliamentary representative for young people in Cardiff South and Penarth

The idea of a “Welsh Youth Parliament” – initiated in 2016 –  follows the pattern of the 369-member UK Youth Parliament  formed under the UK Labour Government in 2000 – which is supposed to represent the views of young people to government and service providers.

Young people wishing to stand  for election as representatives in the Welsh Youth Parliament were able to “register their interest” and put their names forward in September this year.

All young people between the ages of 11 and 18 were ostensibly qualified to vote in the on-line Welsh Youth Parliament Election  although there appears to be scant electoral oversight of the procedures involved and little proper democratic mandate .

[PDN Note : On 2 October 2018, the Welsh Assembly Commission announced  its intention to introduce legislation lower the voting age for orginary Assembly elections to 16. This means that unlike adults,  young people between the ages of 16 and 18 will enjoy a “double franchise” and be able to vote in election for  both the Youth Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. However registering to vote for the Youth Parliament is a different process from having one’s name registered to vote on the main Register of Electors].

Youth Parliament members appear not to have any declared official political party labels – at least not as yet.

The “Youth Parliament” will meet for the first time in February next year . Each newly-elected member will serve for a 2-year term – after which there will be a further election. The purpose of the exercise is said to be to  “empower young people to identify, raise awareness and debate the issues that are important to them“.

The Welsh Assembly’s “youth outreach and education team” is to hold  hold a series of “workshops, school and colleges visits, train the trainer sessions and provide resources for organisations to hold their own events”.

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  1. penarthblog says:

    We’ll done and good luck for the future.

  2. Jed says:

    How does this work? What cannot do? What do they get paid?

  3. Peter Church says:

    More waste of money, a Welsh Youth Parliament!
    Perhaps they should try and the the grown ups parliament to work properly.

  4. Christopher David says:

    “Youth Parliament members appear not to have any declared official political party labels – at least not as yet”. Jolly good thing too. Keep it that way and we might get some grown ups in the Senedd yet. Think for yourselves and don’t get side-tracked by the huffer puffers. My bet is that PDN will be reporting some better thinking from the YP than we get from the Bay very soon.

  5. Steven says:

    Complete waste of time and money. Priviledge kids from priviledge backgrounds. I bet mummy, daddy, transgender parent, granny, grandad, ….i could go on, bought her a car when she passed her test?

  6. Christopher David says:

    So was there a ban on “working class” young people then? And how do you identify them? Indeed is you assertion even true Steven? How do you know ?

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