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YOUNG people in Portsmouth who want to represent the views of their generation on a national stage are invited to apply for a prestigious role.

Applications are now open to all boys and girls aged from 11 to 18 years for the job of the city’s representative on the UK Youth Parliament.

The role involves attending regional meetings of the parliament every six weeks and the annual national sitting of the youth parliament.

Cllr Rob Wood, the city’s member for children’s services, said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for a young person to get involved in democracy and represent the views of their peers.

‘The parliament is an established and credible forum for young people’s voices to be heard nationally and we hope to receive many nominations from first-class candidates.’

The deadline for entries is January 15 and young people can vote online from January 30 until February 12.

To apply visit consultation section of and click on the Represent Portsmouth in the National Youth Parliament page.