4 March, 2019
Young people in Gloucestershire vote for their new representatives
An unprecedented number of votes were received from young people in Gloucestershire this year to elect three Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) to represent them.
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people. Every 11 – 18 year old, can vote in the UKYP elections in the area where they live or go to school. Youth Parliament elections in Gloucestershire are coordinated by the Youth Support Team. Young people in the county were invited to stand as candidates. 16 took up the challenge.
Across Gloucestershire young people responded to the candidates’ campaigns, along with information from their schools and social media to vote. In the last week, over 1200 votes were cast via text message by young people in the county. All the votes are in, counted and verified. Young people of Gloucestershire have spoken to elect:
Jamie Burrell for Cheltenham/Tewkesbury
Dominic Thomas for Gloucester/Forest
Hanna Doherty returns for Cotswolds/Stroud
MYPs get to meet MPs, run local and national campaigns as well as having the opportunity to debate within the House of Commons on a range of issues that affect young people in Britain.
On hearing the results Hanna Doherty said:
I am thrilled to have been elected to serve another term in youth parliament, and more committed than ever to making sure young people’s voices are heard. Thank you to everyone who voted and roll on the next two years!”
Dominic Thomas added:
I'm excited to hear that I got elected and can't wait to start. I'm happy that my campaigning effort paid off and I can't wait to begin representing the young people in the Gloucester/Forest constituency”
Jamie Burrell revealed:
I am delighted to have been elected. I am looking forward to representing the views of young people in Gloucestershire and having the experience of being involved with the UK Youth Parliament.”
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council said:
Congratulations to the three new Members of Youth Parliament representing the young people of our county. The Youth Parliament gives young people a voice on the issues that mean the most to them, both at county and national level. I’m delighted to see so much interest this year.”
Leisa Taylor, speaking on behalf of the Youth Support Team said:
It’s been a pleasure to support the candidates and to run the voting process this year. It’s great to see so many young people engaged and voting for their chosen candidates. I’m looking forward to working alongside the new MYPs”
The newly elected MYPs will meet shortly to start planning their campaigns and activities to represent young people in Gloucestershire in upcoming regional and national events.