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Your voice in Parliament

November 28, 2019

One way to have a say in how the country is
run is to use your vote. You have to be 18 or over to vote in General
Elections, but you can register from the age of 16. There are lots of other ways to get involved
and have your voice heard whatever your age – remember MPs represent all of their constituents. But how? You can visit an MP in their local constituency
office, or you can even travel to the Houses of Parliament to lobby them in central lobby. Lords have knowledge and experience in specific
subject areas. You can look them up by policy interest on the Parliament website. Anyone can contact any Lord or their local
MP by letter, phone or email to discuss an issue that’s important to them or their
community. Sometimes though there’s strength in numbers,
so to get your voice heard you could join the youth section of a party, or the UK Youth
Parliament. If you’re passionate about an issue you
could start a petition for a cause either on paper or online, or join an existing campaign,
pressure or protest group to influence decision making. These groups use different methods to get
their voices heard, from lobbying to peaceful protest, all designed to bring about change. And don’t forget, you can get your voice
heard in school or college too by joining (or starting!) a student council – a bit
like a mini-Parliament! So Parliament sits at the heart of UK democracy
– debating the big issues of the day, making and shaping laws and holding the Government
to account. By voting, petitioning, campaigning and more, you can also get involved with the work of
Parliament. What will you do?

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