Council announces UK Youth Parliament Wakefield results
Cllr Margaret Isherwood with some of the newest UK Youth Parliament Wakefield members
Young people in the
district have had their voices heard after new members of the UK Youth
Parliament (UKYP) were elected last night.
Wakefield Council held elections in schools across the district earlier this
year and yesterday (Tuesday 10 April) the following winners were announced at a
ceremony at Wakefield Town Hall:
Ben Rowbottom, 14, Ossett Academy – Member of UKYP for West area
Alexander Parkinson, 13, Ossett Academy – Deputy Member of UKYP for West area
Daniel Peacock, 16, NEW College – Member of UKYP for East area
Tyler Norton, 12, Castleford Academy – Deputy Member for UKYP for East area.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Congratulations to all
the successful candidates. It is great that so many young people are taking an
interest in the UK Youth Parliament by standing in the election and also
through the excellent voter turnout.”
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Over a two year
period the UKYP Members will be working on their manifesto promises which
include reducing bus fare costs in the district for young people, tackling
anti-social behaviour and bullying. The 2018 National UKYP campaign is for 16
and 17 year-olds to gain a vote in all public elections.
UKYP Members will also get the opportunity to debate at the House of Commons
and meet with local government officers, MPs and agencies, to help them fulfil
the promises that they have made in their manifestos.
A total of 30,238 ballot papers were circulated to 22 secondary schools and 21
primary schools. There were 21 candidates in total and a 39.8% turnout – which
is a 1.4% increase on the previous election.
For more information about the UKYP please visit www.wfyouth.co.uk