Wolverhampton's Youth MPs will debate the issues that matter most to the country’s young people at the House of Commons.

Gregory MacDonald and Lshae Green will take part in the Youth Parliament Debates on Friday (4 November, 2022), with the subjects selected following the national Make Your Mark ballot earlier this year.

Over 10,000 votes were cast by young people in Wolverhampton, the highest turnout in the West Midlands, with young people asked to vote for the issues that matter most for them.

Education and Learning was top of the agenda for young Wulfrunians, with Money, Homes and Opportunities second. 

They will join 300 elected Members of the UK Youth Parliament aged 11 to 18 to take part in 5 debates – The Impact of Discrimination on Health; Environment and Health; Education and Health; The Cost of Living and Health; and Mental Health. 

They will then vote on the issue they believe should become the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaign for 2023.

Gregory MacDonald said: "I feel both excited and privileged, this is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I simply cannot wait to express the views of Wolverhampton’s young people in a place as historical and prestigious as the House of Commons."

Lshae Green added: “I feel honoured to get the chance to visit the House of Commons; I am so grateful to have such a valuable opportunity. I am looking forward to expressing and discussing issues on behalf of the young people of Wolverhampton.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "I’d like to wish Gregory and Lshae all the best for Friday's debate. 

"As a Member of Youth Parliament, their role is to positively represent the views of children and young people in our city. And they are the only group, other than MPs, to sit on the famous green benches, so this is a unique opportunity for them. 

"It is also a fantastic chance for them to practice their public speaking and debating skills, meet with other youth representatives from across the country, be inspired to participate in democracy and learn more about Parliament."