Alex Davies (politician)

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Alex Davies

MYP
Member of UK Youth Parliament for Stockport
In office
1st March 2019 – 28th February 2020
Serving with Faith Oliver
ConstituencyStockport
Assumed office
1st March 2020
Serving with Faith Oliver
ConstituencyStockport
Personal details
Born
Alex Davies

(2002-09-07) 7 September 2002 (age 18)
Manchester, England
Political partyIndependent
ResidenceStockport, England
EducationStockport School and Access to Music
Websitedaviesa.com

Alex Davies (born 7 September 2002)[1] is a British youth politician and campaigner, who became a Member of UK Youth Parliament for Stockport in 2019. [2]

Personal life

Davies was born in Manchester and lives in Stockport.[3]

His father died of oesophageal cancer in 2016. [3]

Davies attended Stockport School, and now studies Event Production at Access Creative College. [3]

Davies is an identical twin [4].

Campaign work

Davies has been known to assume an active role in environmental protests, such as with Extinction Rebellion and UK Student Climate Network.[5] [6] He has previously commented on the necessity for politicians to prioritise climate change [7]. Davies was a guest speaker in a youth politics live stream for Oxford UK Student Climate Network. [8] Davies advocated for the continuation of youth strikes in the pursuit of climate justice. [9]

Following the death of his father, Davies formed a community interest company in February 2020 - No Child Left Behind UK - which aims to increase the support given to bereaved young people.[10] Davies has worked cross-party in the aim of improving bereavement provisions [11] and his community interest company has over 200 active supporters. [10]

Davies currently advises for mental health charity YoungMinds. [4]

Political career

UK Youth Parliament

2019 - 2020 Term

Davies was first elected into the UK Youth Parliament in 2019. His manifesto included campaigning for increased mental health services for young people, increased support for young carers and funding bids for cancer care services.[12]

In May 2019, Davies submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to NHS England, asking them to submit their budget allocation percentages for young people's mental health services in Stockport.

Davies met with local representatives from The Labour Party [13], Conservatives [14]and Liberal Democrats [15][16] in July 2019 in the aim of forging relationships amongst local politicians.

In July 2019, Davies criticised Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council's lack of progress following declaring a climate emergency.[17]

In August 2019, Davies successfully introduced a motion into the UK Youth Parliament, which called for consistent bereavement support for all young people that require it.[18] His motion passed with 91% of Members of Youth Parliament in support. [19]

As part of the UK Youth Parliament's Make Your Mark 2019 consultation, Davies voted for the devolved topics - providing regular counselling for bereaved people, decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland, providing extra funding for SEND students, reducing air pollution and the improvement of water safety. Davies also voted for welcoming refugees, legalising personal use of cannabis, votes at 16, criminalising conversion therapy and ensuring that fifty percent of UK energy comes from renewable sources.[20]

In October 2019, Davies, alongside several other Members of Youth Parliament, wrote to then Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow in favour of an amendment to a bill tabled in the House of Commons by Stephen Doughty, which was to allow Votes at 16.[21]

Davies represented Stockport in the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting in the House of Commons in November 2019. [22] He voted for the UK Youth Parliament to campaign on protecting the environment and Votes at 16.

Davies announced his intention to stand for re-election as a MYP for Stockport at the start of December 2019.[23]

Davies criticised the Government's decision not to renegotiate the UK's membership of the Erasmus scheme.

In January 2020, Davies launched his campaign to increase support for bereaved young people - which was eventually registered as a community interest company.[24][25]

2020 - 2021 Term

Davies was re-elected into the UK Youth Parliament in February 2020.[26]

In April 2020, Davies spoke out about the online abuse he had received as a youth politician.[27]

He joined youth representatives from across the UK in a letter to Boris Johnson, asking for him to engage with young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.[28]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Davies was interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester, where he called on young people to follow social distancing guidelines.[29]

Awards and nominations

Davies was nominated for a National Diversity Award in the Positive Role Model (Age) category.[30] [31]

References

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  7. manchesterclimatemonthly (2019-03-29). "Interview with youth #climate striker Alex Davies #SchoolStrike4Climate #YouthStrike4Climate". manchester climate monthly. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
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  18. UK Youth Parliament. "UKYP-Manifesto" (PDF). UK Youth Parliament.
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  27. "Alex Davies posted on LinkedIn". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  28. Sims, Emma (2020-05-07). "Open Letter to UK Government". #iwill. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  29. Young people have a responsibility, retrieved 2020-09-28
  30. "Nominate". National Diversity Awards. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
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