Young people from district elected to Youth Parliament

​Date:22/02/2016

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Young people will have their voices heard after new members of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) were elected.

Wakefield Council's Youth Work Team held elections in schools for two Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) and two Deputy Members of the Youth Parliament (DMYP).

The candidates were elected at a formal ceremony on Friday 19 February at Wakefield Town Hall.

They are:

 Abigail Tandy, aged 12, from Outwood Grange Academy. (Member for UKYP west)
Joshua Batty, aged 13, from Wakefield City Academy. (Deputy Member for UKYP west)
Daniel Britton, aged 12, from Minsthorpe Community College. (Member for UKYP east)
James Klaassen-White, aged 16, from NEW College. (Deputy Member for UKYP east).
 
UKYP Members will get the opportunity to debate at the House of Commons and meet with local government officers, MPs and agencies to help them fulfill the promises that they have made in their manifestos.

There were eight candidates in total, and a 38.36per cent turnout in the elections. A total of 40 schools - 20 senior and 20 primary schools voted.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, who attended the event, along with Yvette Cooper, MP, said: "I was really impressed with the enthusiasm of the young people involved with the elections, and would like to congratulate everybody who took part.

"The turnout this year was excellent showing that young people are keen to have their say and vote. It's great to see so many people taking an interest in the UK Youth Parliament."