Record turnout for Youth Parliament elections
Published: 18 March 2019
Votes were cast in record numbers for elections to the borough’s Youth Parliament.
More than 12,000 young people voted in the 2019 local Youth Election with the results announced at Redbridge Town Hall.
Amelia Crorie and Zainab Abari are the newly elected Members of Youth Parliament for Redbridge and their Deputy Member of Youth Parliament is Isabel George.
Some 38 per cent of Redbridge young people aged between 11 to 19 years old voted and the total turnout was 12,539 ballot papers, the highest ever for a Redbridge Youth Election.
Forty-one young people were nominated as candidates and 10 were selected to stand from eight Redbridge secondary schools.
The UK Youth Parliament has 600 elected MPs from across the country that organise projects, run campaigns and influence decision-makers on the issues that are most important to young people. The two successful Redbridge Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) will be delegates for the young people of Redbridge and represent their views at the Youth Parliament.
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Elaine Norman said: “This year we have had the highest amount of votes for a Redbridge Youth Election. I am proud that more young people than ever are interested in becoming involved with their local community. It is a rewarding experience for young people to be a part of, as they can gain important skills such as public speaking and working as a team. A huge well done to all the candidates and thank you for your hard work and commitment over the past year. I would like to wish Zainab, Amelia and Isabel every success in their new role representing the youth of Redbridge.”
Zainab, new Member of Youth Parliament said: “An indescribable experience that allows me to represent the voice of the young.”
Ameila, new Member of Youth Parliament said: “I am so grateful for being given this opportunity and am ready to fulfil my manifesto points and change our Borough for the better.”
Isabel, Deputy Member of Youth Parliament said: “I am very thankful that I have been voted in as deputy MYP and I will try my best to make sure that I live up to the promises that I made in my manifesto, I'm sure this will be a very good year and I'm very excited.”
Find out more about the Youth Election on our website: www.redbridge.gov.uk/redbridgeyouth