Politician, 16, represents Dacorum

Dacorum MYP Nick Gardner, standing second from right
Dacorum MYP Nick Gardner, standing second from right
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Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Dacorum Nick Gardner, aged 16, attended the national annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) at the University of Exeter.

The three-day residential conference, from July 31 to August 2, debated and voted on issues for inclusion in the national UKYP Manifesto.

Nick, pictured standing second from right, was among five MYPs representing Herts at the event, which was opened by John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Mr Bercow welcomed over 250 MYPs from all over the country.

The keynote speaker was the former MP and activist Sian James, who helped feed over 1,000 families in the 1984 miners’ strike and was one of the main characters in the 2014 film Pride.

Sian gave a rousing and inspiring speech and encouraged young people to make a difference.

Johnny Chatterton, co-founder and executive director of Campaign Bootcamp, poke about how he started as a campaigner and the struggles he faced both personally and professionally.

The weekend also saw participants attending workshops, networking and taking part in ‘The Big Vote’, when they debated and subsequently voted upon issues for inclusion in the national UKYP Manifesto.

Nick said: “I found the event very interesting and informative.

“I developed my skills in being able to represent other young people in our county both locally and nationally.”

Young people aged 11 to 17 who live, work or study in Herts and are interested in being an MYP in 2016, can find more information at www.youthconnexions.org