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Gloucestershire youth parliament members elected

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

  • voted in: Luke Thomas, Miranda Bopotpo and Callum Coles.

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VOTES have been counted and the results are in – Gloucestershire's new Youth Parliament members have been elected.

Young people across the county cast their ballots online at the tail end of February and the results were announced at the start of this month.

This year was the first time Gloucestershire had run the elections online and a grand total of 507 votes were cast. There were 15 candidates competing for the three available Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) seats and for the three deputy MYP seats.

The winner of the Tewkesbury and Cheltenham seat was 14-year-old Nathan Howarth, who attends Chosen Hill School and lives in Barnwood.

Nathan, who received 13 per cent of the vote, said: "I was delighted to receive the phone call saying I was MYP for Tewkesbury and Cheltenham.

"I will now go forward with my campaign of improving education for outside of school and mental health."

His deputy is Luke Thomas, 18, from Uckington, who attends Marling School.

The Gloucester and Forest seat was won by James Bennion, 15, who attends The Crypt School and lives in Hempsted, with 16 per cent of votes.

James said: "I would like to thank everyone who voted. I am honoured to represent young people and be their voice."

His deputy is Miranda Bopotpo, 18, from Quedgeley, who is a pupil at The High School for Girls.

Callum Coles, 15, won the Cotswold and Stroud seat with 14 per cent of the vote.

All of the candidates who stood for election had to submit a 100-word address, letting their peers know why they should vote for them. The two major issues which dominated the campaigns were trying to improve the positive image of young people and transport.

Anyone between the ages of 11 and 18 was eligible to vote.

The elected candidates will now serve for two years and swap positions with their deputies after a year.

The winners will carry out duties both nationally and locally, working with youth forums and councils, young people, councillors and MPs.

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  • MartinSurl  |  March 07 2013, 6:39PM

    Congratulations to all the successful candidates and thanks to all of you who took part. I wish you all the very best during your term of office. If I can be of any help to you please feel free to contact me. Martin Surl Police & Crime Commissioner Gloucestershire

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 07 2013, 4:29PM

    Outstanding turnout there, then, with all of 507 votes cast out of Lord knows how many 11-18 year old schoolchildren in the county! Yet another 'bright idea' from GCC. I do wish they'd stick to the things they're supposed to be doing although I'm sure they think they're being 'right on' and 'down with the kids'. Still, perhaps these youngsters ought to take over as proper councillors. They couldn't do a worse job and would probably get more respect from the people of the county."

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