7th August 2020

Welsh Youth Parliament

Everyone in Wales should have a say in how their country is run. But what if you’re not old enough to vote yet?

If you’re aged between 11 and 18, you can contact the Welsh Youth Parliament to let them know what matters to you and how you want to make sure your voice is heard. Their aim is to empower young people to make decisions, and provide them with a voice in Welsh politics.

The Welsh Youth Parliament works directly with Senedd to ensure young voices are heard by those with the power to make change.

  • 60 young people aged 11 – 18 are Welsh Youth Parliament Members  
  • 40 were elected during the November 2018 Welsh Parliament Elections, with the remaining 20 being elected by young people from partner organisations – providing a representation from diverse groups of young people.

Ogmore’s representative in the Welsh Youth Parliament is:

Laine Woolcock WYPM – Ogmore – South Wales West

If you want to contact the Welsh Youth Parliament or your WYP Member:

Votes at 16 for Senedd Elections

16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote for the first time at the Senedd Elections in 2021, as part of the biggest changes to the democratic process in Wales in half a century.

The change was introduced in the Senedd and Election (Wales) Act 2020 which introduced the largest franchise extension in Wales since 1969.

It means that 16 and 17 year olds will – for the first time – have influence in choosing the Members who will represent them in the next Senedd, giving them a voice over the decisions that will define their future.

Read more here: Voting at 16

If you live in the Ogmore constituency and need help/assistance with any concerns that you may have – or if you merely wish to put your ideas/suggestions to Huw, get in touch by emailing:

huw.irranca-davies@senedd.wales