Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, last week met with two of Reading's youngest politicians to discuss their campaign priorities for the next year.
Alok met with Oscar Ward, Reading's Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) and Jen Young, Reading's Deputy Member of the Youth Parliament. During the meeting, the youth representatives discussed their campaign plans for this year, which include the Make Your Mark ballot. Last year just under one million young people took part in the ballot, which decides what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for the following year.
Alok also encouraged the pair to engage and build partnerships with local businesses on issues such as financial literacy and careers events.
The Reading Youth Cabinet is an elected group of young people, established in 2005, which works to make Reading a better town for young people. The Youth Cabinet is elected annually by young people across Reading and Reading's MYP is then elected by the Cabinet.
Alok Sharma said: "I was really impressed by Oscar and Jen, who are both already making a strong contribution to life in Reading, and I wish them well in their campaigning efforts and future careers. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our youth representatives in the future."
Oscar Ward, Reading's Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) said: "Our meeting with Alok Sharma was both enjoyable and productive. It is great that he supports our work and the work of Reading Youth Cabinet, along with the upcoming Make Your Mark ballot."
Photo: Alok Sharma with Oscar Ward MYP and Jen Young DMYP.