“The European Youth Parliament United Kingdom is an excellent initiative, empowering young people across the UK to come together to talk about the issues that matter to them. I congratulate you on the work you have done in enabling young people to engage with the EU, and for your constructive approach in developing friendship and common understanding across European borders”.
William Hague has been a Conservative Member of Parliament for Richmond since 1989, and the current First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since 2010. He was also Leader of the Opposition between 1997 and 2001, and is often remembered for lively exchanges with Tony Blair during Prime Minister’s Questions. From an early age he demonstrated a fascination with politics and a precocious talent for debating, even making the national news at the age of 16 following a speech to the 1977 Conservative Party Conference.
Mr Hague furthered his talents at university, studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. During this time he became President of the Oxford University Conservative Association, and then President of the Oxford Union. Both posts helped lay the foundation of a successful political career while providing an opportunity to enhance his debating skills. Developing knowledge, confidence and passion for political debating as a student has served Mr Hague well during his career, and the memories of which no doubt serve as a key motivation for his support of EYPUK.
On the backbenches between 2001-2005 Mr Hague wrote two books, biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce. In his spare time he is a keen judo enthusiast and Vice President of the ‘Friends of the British Library’.
“I am delighted to give my full support to the work undertaken by European Youth Parliament United Kingdom (EYPUK). I believe youth parliaments have a vital role to play in engaging young people all across the country in the democratic process.
“The wide-ranging work undertaken by the EYPUK also provides a fantastic opportunity to instil a real sense of both community and cooperation into young people of all ages and backgrounds. In particular, the work of the EurVoice outreach scheme is especially important in widening active participation to include more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
I am delighted to accept your invitation to join the Board of Patrons, and will endeavour to do everything I can to enable EYPUK to continue its excellent work with young people in the future.”
Andy Burnham has been MP for Leigh since 2001 and is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Health. Born in Liverpool, and growing up in Culcheth, Andy attended St Aelred’s Roman Catholic High School and gained an MA in English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
As MP for Leigh, Andy has been a strong voice for the community, encouraging developments such as the Leigh Sports Village.In government, Andy held various Ministerial positions including Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in 2008 and then Health in 2009.
Andy lives in the constituency with his family, wife Marie-France and their three children. He is a keen supporter of Leigh Centurions and Everton FC.
“The European Youth Parliament in the United Kingdom is an organisation that deserves praise for bringing Europe and European issues to a youthful and enquiring audience, I am delighted to be a patron and wish them continued success”
Graham Watson was born in Rothesay, Scotland, in March 1956, the son of a Royal Naval Officer and a teacher. He was educated at The City of Bath Boys’ School and at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, where he gained an honours degree in Modern Languages. He is a qualified interpreter who speaks four European languages.
Graham Watson was the first British Liberal Democrat ever to be declared elected to the European Parliament, winning the Somerset & North Devon constituency with a majority of over 22,500. In June 1999 Graham was elected to represent the new enlarged South West of England constituency, which covers Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall and which he has held since then.
From 1983 to 1987 he served as Head of the Private Office of the Rt.Hon. Sir David Steel MP, then Leader of the Liberal Party. He had previously been active as General Secretary of the Liberal International’s youth movement, and was a founder of the European Communities’ Youth Forum.
His hobbies and leisure interests include sailing and listening to jazz music. Graham lives with his wife and two children Frederica and Gregory, in the small market town of Langport, Somerset.