Sutton Students Present Political Promise

November 14, 2011 4:46 PM

Record numbers of teenagers in Sutton have put themselves forward to give the borough's youngsters a voice in the UK Youth Parliament. Twenty four young people are in the running to be voted Sutton's next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) - more than three times as many as last year. Based on last year's figures, this number would give Sutton the most nominees out of any London borough.

Tom Brake, local MP for Carshalton and Wallington commented: "This is incredibly impressive; our borough's schools are renowned as being among the best in London, if not the country, and that first-rate education is clearly helping to get local kids enthused about politics.

"With this relatively large selection of candidates, I am sure that we will be provided with a representative who cares for their community and the other young voters who are a part of it. I will be first to congratulate the winner, and will offer any guidance they need in realising their aims and objectives."

Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services on Sutton Council, said: "Our current representatives Lilly Lovatt and Mayan Al-Shakarchy have both done a brilliant job making sure that young people in Sutton can get their voices heard.

"It's vital that politicians take young people's opinions into account, and the UK Youth Parliament has an important role to play in making sure that this happens."

Voting will take place until Friday 18 November, and anyone aged 11 to 18 who lives or studies in the borough can vote. The results will be announced on Thursday 24 November, following a debate between candidates from different schools.

The UK Youth Parliament has over 600 representatives, all aged 11 to 18. Once elected MYPs organise events, projects and campaigns on issues that matter to their constituents. In Sutton, Lilly and Mayan have taken part in a London-wide scrutiny committee to help tackle the effect that budget cuts and crime rates have on young people, helped young people to get involved in national campaigns, and experienced life on the famous green leather benches of the House of Commons Chamber in a debate earlier this month. They were also part of the local Remembrance Day Service, taking on an important role as the community paid its respects to fallen soldiers, laying the wreath alongside Tom Brake and MP for Sutton and Cheam, Paul Burstow.

For the full list of candidates and, go to http://suttonyouth.org/sypelections2011/SYPelections2011.html

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