Politicians of the future are being given the chance to have their say about issues affecting young people by standing in the next round of youth elections.

Harrow Borough Council is giving schoolchildren from the age of 11 to 18 the chance stand in the 2014 Youth Elections which will take place next month.

They will be given the chance to become a member of the Harrow Youth Parliament (HYP) as well as possibly becoming a member of the National Youth Parliament (NYP).

Cabinet member for children and schools Councillor Janet Mote said: “We are committed to help and empower young people in the borough.

“Being part of the Youth Parliament gives young people a fantastic opportunity to represent their peers about issues that matter to them the most and find solutions.

“It also gives them a chance to learn about the democratic process whilst helping to influence positive change by standing for election.”

Those interested in standing in the elections can find out how to sign up at their schools, colleges or youth groups and have until February 3 to submit nominations.