After a closely-fought battle between 14 young people from across Poole, 14-year-old Ella Jordan has been voted in as the town’s next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP).
Ella, who attends Parkstone Grammar School, campaigned on a platform of limiting the amount of homework that students receive. She will now join other young people from across the country to address the important issues facing them today, supported by her elected deputy, 15-year-old St Edward’s student Lowri Bradley.
Ella said: “I am so pleased to have been elected as the Member of Youth Parliament for Poole. It’s a great opportunity to help bring the opinions and concerns of my peers forward, and to campaign on the issues that really matter to us.”
In total 2,751 votes were cast in this year’s election, a massive 67% more than last year. Students from schools across Poole took part, with those at Carter Community College, Magna Academy and Winchelsea using the highest percentage of voting codes issued to select their preferred candidate.
The Mayor of Poole Cllr Xena Dion hosted the results event at the Civic Centre.
Cllr Dion said: “All the candidates were incredibly passionate about their campaigns, and they should all be congratulated on their efforts. It is clear that many of Poole’s young people feel strongly about being involved in their future, and about helping to influence the decisions being made. Ella is a very worthy winner, and I wish her every success as she embarks on an exciting year.”
The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning. Several ‘Make your Mark’ topics have been selected for debate following a poll of over 970,000 young people – in Poole these include a ‘curriculum for life’, mental health, transport, stopping cuts that affect the NHS and allowing voting at 16.
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