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There’s still time for West Sussex candidates to come forward for the next UK Youth Parliament elections, which take place in March this year.

West Sussex young people aged between 11 and 19-years-old can stand for the election, and can register their interest online via the Your Space website at www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk/elections2013.

The deadline for nominations is Friday January 18.

West Sussex is covered by four UK Youth Parliament areas. In each area, the two candidates with the most votes are elected as Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) and Deputy MYPs.

The four geographical areas are:

Chichester, West Arun

Crawley, East Grinstead

East Arun, Adur and Worthing

Horsham and Mid Sussex

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families Peter Evans said: “Our MYPs represent the views of young people in their constituency and relate to decision makers at local, regional and national levels.

“It’s important that the views of young people are heard and used to inform decisions and the MYPs, together with our West Sussex Youth Cabinet, play a vital role in that.”

There are 500 MYPs nationally. South East regional meetings are held every two months for West Sussex MYPs to attend. They also have monthly meetings with the West Sussex Youth Cabinet, and go to an annual sitting of all elected MYPs and a day of debate in the House of Commons.

MYPs are fully supported in their work by the County Council’s Youth Support and Development Service.

Those who register their interest in standing for the UK Youth Parliament will receive a candidate pack explaining more about the elections, the Youth Cabinet and information on running an election campaign.

The elections will run from Friday March 1, to Friday March 29, young people will be able to vote via the Your Space website.

To find out more on what being an MYP involves and to register your interest, visit the Your Space website. You can also find out more at www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk.