Member of youth parliament speaks out about Portsmouth

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CAMPAIGNER Carl Greenwood
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A CAMPAIGNING student has done Portsmouth proud by raising issues important to young people in the city at a conference.

Carl Greenwood, Portsmouth’s representative on the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP), highlighted local concerns relating to transport and financial issues like the introduction of higher university tuition fees, at the UK Youth Parliament’s annual sitting in Leeds.

The 16-year-old from Eastney was one of 300 members of the UK Youth Parliament who attended the event which also had debates on the environment, health and crime.

John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons, opened the event alongside Iby Knill, a holocaust survivor.

Carl, who attends Priory School in Southsea, said: ‘It was a fantastic opportunity to take forward the main issues that face the young people of Portsmouth.

‘I feel that I made my views heard in the national forum and I look forward to continuing working on a local and national level.’

Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, leader of the council, added: ‘I think young people being involved in decisions both locally and nationally is very important, often it is a voice unheard.

‘I am keen to work with the Portsmouth Youth Parliament and proud to be involved in the National Youth Parliament.’

The three-day conference will help shape the UKYP manifesto, campaigns and calls for action ahead of its annual debate in the House of Commons Chamber this autumn.