A Youth Parliament for Wales


Press release

Thursday October 20 2016

Welsh UKIP group leader Neil Hamilton has welcomed plans to set up a new youth parliament for Wales.

Mr Hamilton AM said that he was extremely disappointed at the number of young people voting in the recent referendum vote.

He said: “We really do need to do something to try and encourage them to vote and making them feel part of the process is a good start.

"It was frankly a national disgrace that in the referendum vote just a few months ago only about 30% of young people aged between 18 and 24 turned out to vote. Voter disengagement is one of the great curses of our age.

“A youth parliament would be a half-way house between two sides of the argument on extending the franchise for voting to 16-year-olds and the importance of this project cannot be underestimated."

In 2014 funding for the Youth Assembly for Wales, known as Funky Dragon, was withdrawn and it was closed down leaving many AM’s disappointed.

This week moves to re-introduce a youth parliament in Wales won support from all Assembly parties and plans are now going ahead to set this up early in the current assembly term.

Mr Hamilton AM said: “I am delighted that we all agree on this issue. It is so important that young people have the chance to learn more about politics at an earlier age.