The Your UK Parliament Award 2020 winners have been announced with a student from Co. Down taking home one of the top prizes.
Cormac Savage, Member of the Youth Parliament from South Down was awarded the British Youth Council Paul Boskett Memorial Award – for the second time in a row.
The award was set up in memory of Paul Boskett MBE a valued, respected and loved champion of the British Youth Council (BYC) and the UK Youth Parliament. The prize is awarded to two Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) for their speeches during the 2019 sitting at the UK House of Commons, and recognise the excellent contributions to the debates and the UK Youth Parliament’s campaigns.
Cormac received the award for giving the best debate-lead speech. Cormac’s articulate and passionate summation of the debate on protecting the environment and young peoples’ futures resonated with many in the Chamber.
It was voted best front bench speech by the British Youth Council youth workers in attendance.
2020 marks the third year of the Your UK Parliament awards, which are designed to celebrate people across the UK who have taken action on issues they care about. The winning entries were chosen by a panel of MPs, Peers and independent judges, who were unanimously impressed by the work people are doing to connect their community with the UK Parliament and democracy.
Cormac said of his award:
“I was such an honour to win the award. At the UK Youth Parliament annual sitting in the House of Commons there were so many incredible contributions from the Members present, and indeed from my fellow debate leads.
“While the whole day at House of Commons was an incredible experience, it is a true privilege to win the Paul Boskett MBE award for the second year in a row, after winning it last year for my backbench contribution.”