Newcastle Youth Elections Results Announced
The newly elected members for the Newcastle Youth Council and Youth Parliament have been announced today.
The 25 candidates campaigned in schools across the city for the 14 available positions on the Youth Council and 4 available seats on Youth Parliament with voting taking place on 7 February.
Over 6, 300 votes were cast across 16 schools in Newcastle and during a pop-up voting station that took place on Northumberland Street on Wednesday evening.
The four available seats for Youth Parliament were successfully won by candidates Morgan Dobson, Tessy Eghosa Idemudia, Alisha Ali and John Carr. The new elected members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) will organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues that matter most to young people.
The 14 successfully elected members of the Youth Council, aged between 11 and 16, come from a range of schools across Newcastle including Sacred Heart RC, Excelsior, Dame Allen and Kenton School.
Cllr Habib Rahman, cabinet member for communities, said: “We welcome the new youth councillors to the Youth Council and I look forward to working with the new group of young people to help reflect the youth voice in Newcastle.”
“Over the next two years the councillors will have the opportunity to experience a range of political issues, get involved in the local communities and work together on issues that are important to them.”
“Newcastle City Council is proud to be able to offer this opportunity to the young people of Newcastle and to ensure schools and colleges are engaged in the democratic process.”
“These young people are the voices of tomorrow and their influence really makes a difference.”
One candidate, John Carr, was successfully re-elected in the ballot to become an elected Member of Youth Parliament for 2019/20 after being a member of the Youth Council for the previous two years.
The successful candidates and their positions were announced by The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, David Down, at the results declaration in the council chamber at Newcastle Civic Centre on Friday 8 February.
The candidates and their families were also joined by Deputy Leader of the council, Cllr Joyce McCarthy and Cabinet member for communities, Cllr Habib Rahman.
Newcastle Youth Council (NYC) was launched in 2010 as an independent voice for 11-18 year olds who live, learn, or work in the City.
As part of this years voting, a pop-up voting station was held on Northumberland Street where over 100 young people voted.