Poole’s Member of Youth Parliament takes part in national debate

Poole’s Member of Youth Parliament, Lili Donlon Mansbridge, followed in the footsteps of hundreds of politicians last week as she represented Poole at the despatch box in the House of Commons. Lili took to the national stage to present the argument for ‘Curriculum for Life’ becoming the UK Youth Parliament’s National priority for 2017.

Over the past few months Poole’s Members of Parliament have been working with schools across Poole to get as many ‘Make your Mark’ ballots completed to inform their work, both locally, and nationally, as to what issues are the most important for young people. 

The ballot closed on 5 October, with 4,475 people in Poole casting their votes. The following issues were prioritised as the most important for young people in Poole:

  • A curriculum to prepare us for life (836 votes)
  • Stop cuts that affect the NHS (649 votes)
  • Transport (573 votes)
  • Votes at 16 (502 votes)
  • Mental health (458 votes)


As well as providing the topic for Lili’s debate, the results will also help inform Poole’s 2017 candidates as they develop their campaign to become Poole’s next Member of Youth Parliament. 

Lili commented: “Speaking in the House of Commons was very nerve-wracking, but an amazing experience. I was proud to represent Poole and to be the voice of my fellow young people, it was a great day”.

Cllr Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Capital Projects, added: “My congratulations go to Lili for her hard work and dedication during her time as Poole’s Member of Youth Parliament.”

Anyone interested in following in Lili’s footsteps is invited to attend any of a series of workshops being held over the coming weeks. All interested young people (aged 11-18) who want to know more just need to come along to one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday 22 November, Bourne Valley Youth Centre, 7pm-9pm
  • Thursday 24 November, Civic Centre, 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday 6 December, Hamworthy Library, 5pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7 December, upstairs in Poole Central Library, 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Monday 12 December, Civic Centre, 7pm-9pm
  • Saturday 7 January, upstairs in Poole Central Library, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 10 January, The Coffee House, Canford Heath, 5:30pm-7:15pm


To find out more please email Becky McDade at r.mcdade@poole.gov.uk or visit upinpoole.co.uk. 

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