Author: Louis Tweedale

MYP Elections 2018-19

Following the election results on the 22nd of February, I am pleased to say that I am the new MYP for the Borough of Rochdale. It was a great year, and I feel that the competition was very strong. Well done to the candidates who took place this year: Myiesha, Eve, Anita, Bartek and Adam. I look forward to working along side the candidates and members of the Youth Cabinet, as well as my new deputy, Anita Okunde. I would like to say thank you to all those who have supported me over the past 12 month in my...

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GCSE Resits~ What we’re working on

Too much pressure is being put on the youth of today: revise, revise, revise is a motto we have all become too familiar with. We are told that we have one shot to show the examiner what we are capable of. Without coursework, this is all that we have. No proof of what we can do, so all it takes is one bad day to set the tone for the rest of your life. No wonder it is the most stressful time that many teenagers will go through. Some perform well under the pressure and fly high. But what happens to those who don’t? So many people get their results back and are disappointed with what they have been given. Some of these had a bad day in the exams, others crack under the pressure- either way they could have done better, but are not given the chance to prove it. This is one thing that Rochdale Youth Cabinet does not think is right- it is something we hope to change. Tweet Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Affordable Transport ~ What we’re working on

No one likes being sat around doing nothing, but sometimes its too far and too expensive to go to your friends. That’s why over this next year, Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet are hoping to bring the price of transport down for young people. Not only will making transport affordable make it cheaper to get around, but it will make it easier to enjoy being young. Why sit around when you can get out and have fun? Imagine a world where you could afford to go anywhere, meet friends and explore new places. Sounds good, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t being young all about exploring and learning new things? Tweet Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Mental Health~ What we’re working on

Let’s face it: life for teenagers has never been more stressful. GCSE’s have gotten harder, social media is more unforgiving and, above all, more places to go are being shut down. It’s hard to get that work-life balance that we need. No wonder mental health issues have soared in recent years. It is shocking to think that so little is done openly to help deal with the issue-even as more and more celebrities trying to bring an end to the taboo. It is time for someone to curb the trend. It is time for action.   So why is it important to do something now? It is a very important issue for young people across Rochdale and the rest of the country. After all, it would not be a part of the manifesto if it wasn’t voted for by the young people in Rochdale! That’s why it’s important to do something now. I find it worrying that more and more stress is being forced onto young people. The GCSE’s have been made a whole lot harder. It is the weight that is crushing the chests of  young people. No wonder why so many struggle to breath, crushed under the weight of revision, school, and socialising. This balancing act has led to an appalling 70% rise in mental illness in young people in the last 25 years. Whilst it’d be great...

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Deputy Member of Youth Parliament 2017

Hi, I am Louis Tweedale, the new Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Rochdale. I look forward to serving my term along side Sarah Mahmood, especially on mental health, something we both agreed on in our manifestos. We are both pupils at Hollingworth Academy. The main reason that I applied to be a candidate in the election is because I feel that young people, teenagers in particular, are misrepresented and demonised by the media. I hope to change this perception over the next year, and feel that it is the best way that I can help to improve the lives of young people across...

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