MSYPs represent Scotland at 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Jersey

09 March 2018

MSYPs represent Scotland at 9th Commonwealth
Youth Parliament in Jersey


Amy Lee Fraioli MSYP (Rutherglen) and Keiran O'Neill MSYP (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) travelled to Jersey last week to take part in the ninth annual Commonwealth Youth Parliament.

Hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Jersey States Assembly in St Helier, Jesery, SYP Chair Amy Lee and Keiran joined 47 other delegates from 15 countries for five days of discussions and debates.

The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is one of the CPA’s most popular programmes and brings together participants
aged 18-29 representing the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean,
Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific; and South-East Asia.

The CYP gave participants a Pan-Commonwealth experience and a hugely valuable networking opportunity including with current young Members of Parliament from the Commonwealth - Hon. Temard Butterfield, MHA (Turks and Caicos); Deputy Sam Mezec (Jersey); Hon. Jermaine Figueria, MP (Guyana); Hon. John Paul Mwirigi, MP (Kenya) - who acted as mentors throughout the week.

In a notable departure from previous years, the 9th CYP, in recognition of the non-party system in the States Assembly in Jersey, saw youth participants acting as the Government, Opposition and independents sitting together, allowing for a wider sharing of opinions and engagement in debates. Participants experienced parliament in a real-life situation in the legislative chamber. The programme also included taking part in parliamentary procedures, debating legislation and motions in relation to the fictional ‘Commonwealthland’.

Many of the sessions were presided over by CPA Jersey Chairperson, Connetable Len Norman from the States Assembly of Jersey and the States Assembly staff ensured the smooth running of parliamentary procedures. The CYP delegates also faced the media in a ‘mock’ press conference with questions from local journalists including Andy Sibcy of the Jersey Evening Post and Clare Burton from ITV Channel Islands News. Delegates at the CYP9 were entertained at a dinner hosted by Highlands College, a leading Further Education College in Jersey, with chef and hospitality students and lecturers providing the excellent food and service.

To watch Amy Lee and Keiran in action during the debates, click here to visit the States Assembly webcasting website, where clips of speakers can be viewed. Use the hashtag #CYP9 on Twitter to see delegates' posts from throughout the event, too.


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