Jacob Bishop-Ponte elected to represent local young people as Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) and Jasmin Miller elected Deputy MYP for BANES

The votes have been cast, with over 5,500 young people aged 11-18 voting for 6 candidates to represent them at the local, regional and national level.

Voting took place from Monday 7th March 2016 until 2pm on Friday 11th March 2016 – with a record number (12) of secondary schools taking part across Bath and North East Somerset.

The ballot papers have been counted and the results were revealed at an election event which took place in the Bath Function Rooms on Friday 11th March and was attended by key figures from around B&NES including Ben Howlett MP for Bath, who announced the results.

Jacob Bishop-Ponte (aged 16, attends Norton Hill School) was elected MYP for B&NES and Jasmin Miller (aged 14, attends Writhlington School) was elected Deputy MYP for B&NES.

Jacob’s election campaign pledges were to:

• Raise the age in which you can buy a children’s ticket on travel services to 18. *By law we are considered a child until the age of 18, why is this different when it comes to travel fares?*
• Make gender education and equality a priority in the South West. *we need to know more about gender and the stereotypes surrounding it*
• Stop further cuts to youth mental health services. *£50 million has been cut already. This MUST end now*


Jacob said: “When my name was called by Ben Howlett I was absolutely overjoyed! It felt like all my Team and I’s hard work had paid off. I am so excited to work alongside the young people of BANES to bring about the changes we so desperately want and need; it will be an absolute honour to serve my constituents for the next two years. I am also delighted to be working with DMYP Jasmin Miller who is an excellent campaigner and friend.”

Jasmin’s election campaign focussed on:

• Improving Mental Health services and getting them known.
• Gender Equality – being treated the same regardless of your gender.
• Votes for sixteen and Living Wage
• Getting youth voices heard


The election night event also saw the official launch of a Gender Equality Video created by former MYP Beccy Thompson and Off the Record B&NES Youth Forum’s. It was the subject of a recent ITV West feature and can be viewed on Off the Record’s website.

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides a unique national platform for young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. UKYP elections are held every 2 years in BANES. Any local young person aged 11 to 18 can stand or vote.

Once elected, MYPs meet with their peers to consult them on what matters most to them, organise local events and projects and run campaigns. They meet with MPs and local councillors, make speeches, and hold debates to ensure the views of young people are being listened to by decision makers. They meet other MYPs from around the country at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and National debates at the House of Commons.

The MYP is supported by the BANES Youth Forum and the Participation Team at Off the Record. The Youth Forum is a non-party political group for young people aged 11 to 18 from across BANES. It gives young people the opportunity to make a positive contribution. It provides an inclusive and supportive environment for members to develop their skills, knowledge, confidence and creative thinking. Members work together with the elected Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) to campaign for changes locally, regionally and nationally.

Youth Forum meetings are held in Central Bath fortnightly on Mondays evenings. New members are always welcome! For more information contact Lisa Mukherjee: Participation Development Worker, Off the Record BANES T: 07793655510 E: lisamukherjee@offtherecord-banes.co.uk


The lovely Harriet and Clare from the OTR Team!


A captivated audience waits in eager anticipation


Chloe Lintern, MYP rep for the South West, UKYP Procedures Group for the SouthWest |Director of @StudentVoiceUK and former MYP for Wiltshire introduces the evening with B&NES Youth Forum members Jasmin


Fixers help the BANES Youth Forum to launch their Gender Equality video


Rosie Sourbut delivers her manifesto pledges


Mudiwa Madzima delivers her election promises


Ellie McCormack delivers her election campaign pledges


Jasmin Miller (elected Deputy MYP) presents her election campaign promises


Alex Stanley sets out his election manifesto


Long-standing Youth Forum Member Mocca, delivers former MYP Beccy Thompson’s standing down speech as Beccy was unfortunately unable to attend


Ben Howlett MP for Bath introduces the election results


Jake Bishop-Ponte is announced elected MYP for B&NES


Jake Bishop-Ponte is announced elected MYP for B&NES


Jake Bishop-Ponte delivers a speech following being announced elected MYP for B&NES


All 6 MYP candidates congratulate each other following their respectful but hard fought campaigns