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My Country, My Vote

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A group of students from three Kirklees schools will be heading down to the House of Commons next week after getting top marks in an election-based competition.

The ‘My Country My Vote’ initiative saw three schools across the region take part in a project looking at the development of democracy and the process in fostering debate and creating change.

The students from the participating high schools had the unique opportunity to deliver their own campaigns related to the British Youth Council’s ‘Make Your Mark’ top five issues as voted by young people.

WINNERS: The Westborough High School’s ‘Get Up Get Fit’ team were successful in their campaign focussing on cuts to youth services and will be one of three groups heading to the capital next week

WINNERS: The Westborough High School’s ‘Get Up Get Fit’ team were successful in their campaign focussing on cuts to youth services and will be one of three groups heading to the capital next week

These ranged from better work experience, funding for youth services, raising the national minimum wage, euthanasia rights and a 16-19 bursary fund.

After groups in each school campaigned tirelessly on their chosen issue, from December 2013 to April 2014, a winner was selected through a voting process at the schools.

Pupils from Batley Girls’ High School, in the group ‘Team Freedom’ were successful in their campaign representing Bursary fund reinstatement, whilst Westborough High School’s ‘Get Up Get Fit’ team found success with a campaign opposing cuts to youth services. Moor End Academy’s winning represent-ative’s ‘Y Jobless’ were the final victors who successfully campaigned on tackling youth unemployment.

All three groups will now be making the trip down south to the home of British politics, the House of Commons, where each team will present their ideas to MP Jason McCartney.

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