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Young people choose Scottish Youth Parliament

Young people choose Scottish Youth Parliament

Young people in Renfrewshire have cast their votes to select the area’s representatives in the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Five young people from Renfrewshire were chosen by the votes of people aged between 12 and 25.

Compared to the last Scottish Youth Parliament election in 2011, the numbers of votes cast overall doubled in this election.

Fourteen candidates stood in this election.  The five successful MSYPs will represent Paisley, Renfrewshire South and Renfrewshire North and West.

“Behind the scenes, council staff worked with schools, Reid Kerr College, and the University of the West of Scotland to support the candidates.

The successful candidates were:
Paisley constituency – Denzel Darku and Emma Hendrie
Renfrewshire South constituency – Jordan Buchanan
Renfrewshire North and West constituency – Robyn McKay and Adam Ferns
Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the Council’s Education Policy Board said: “There was a lot of support for the election process from Council staff, Reid Kerr College, and the University of the West of Scotland.

“The ideas expressed in schools and among young people in general were an indication that everyone was keen to get involved.

“After that it was down to the commitment and the ideas of the candidates themselves to convince voters.

“We’ve encouraged our young people to play their part in the democratic process, and we’re delighted with the turnout.

“The increase in voter turnout is clear evidence that the Scottish Youth Parliament is proving relevant to young people in Renfrewshire and that the Renfrewshire candidates made a real impression on voters.”

Scottish Youth Parliament  www.syp.org.uk

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Have your say on youth parliament poll

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Have your say on youth parliament poll

Thousands of young people across Renfrewshire are gearing up to make their views known on the issues that matter to them in the latest elections to the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The election will be held in early March and 14 young people are standing as candidates in the Renfrewshire area. Five will be elected to serve in the Scottish Youth Parliament for its next two-year term.

Scottish Youth ParliamentCouncil staff working with schools, Reid Kerr College, the University of the West of Scotland aim to increase voter turnout by 10% in the 2013 elections. The Council’s Youth Services team will support candidates to prepare for campaigning and the election process.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the Council’s Education Policy Board said: “Young people are key contributors to Scottish society, and we want to ensure that key decision makers hear their views on issues that are important to them.  We’re proud of our political energy in Renfrewshire and encourage all of our young people to play their part in the democratic process.”

Council staff organised the training and recruitment of the 14 candidates. The team will be helping with February’s election campaigns in schools.

Students from the University of the West of Scotland, Gryffe High, Linwood High, St Benedict’s High, Paisley Grammar, Glennifer High, Park Mains High School and St Andrew’s Academy are standing as candidates.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is made up of 150 young people aged 14-25. Two Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MYSPs) represent each Scottish Parliamentary constituency and are selected through nationally co-ordinated elections held across Scotland every two years.

MYSPs ascertain and represent the views of young people, decide upon national campaigns and liaise with different levels of government to bring about positive change.

The Scottish Youth Parliament meets at least three times a year, at national sittings. www.syp.org.uk

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George Adam is Paisley Candidate!

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George Adam is Paisley Candidate!


Councillor George Adam, elected member for Paisley South, was recently selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the new Paisley Constituency in for next years Scottish Parliamentary election in May 2011. This is the first time that a Paisley-only seat has been contested in the Scottish Parliament, due to recent boundary changes.

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George was elected to Ward 5: Paisley South Ward of Renfrewshire Council in 2007 Council election. George has been involved with the Scottish National Party since he was 18. He was previously a Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for the Paisley North Constituency during the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.
George was born in Elderslie, in June 1969 (41), he is a true Paisley Buddie and is a fanatical supporter of St Mirren FC. George lives in the towns eastend with his wife Stacey. He has two children- James 18 and Jessica 16 – who live with their mother locally. George and his wife Stacey regularly attend St Mirren matches and follow the Scottish Football team when ever they can

George is convenor of Paisley South Local Area Committee on Renfrewshire Council and has been heavily involved, with that committee, in the regeneration of the Park areas in his ward. The Outdoor Gym in Brodie Park is one of many innovations from this and has proved so popular that another was commissioned for Durrokstock Park in Paisley. He has regularly involved himself in fund-raising for local charities and has ran Paisley 10k for Paisley & District MS Society and MND Scotland for 2010.

Councillor George Adam says:

“I am really excited about this campaign and I am extremely proud that I am the first candidate for this new Scottish Parliamentary seat of Paisley. Paisley is my home town and when I discovered what the new boundaries would be, I knew the 2011 Scottish Elections in the town could be a historic event.

Paisley Buddies are fed up with the tired and troublesome Labour MSP’s who have represented them over recent history. Very few actually come from the town and many where just political placements. This has lead many locals to look cynically upon local politicians and I believe things could be different.

We only have to look at the work the Renfrewshire administration has already done in regeneration of the Paisley Town centre. The Arnotts site will be transformed in the coming years, empty shops being actively promoted and vastly improved town centre events that increase the shoppers to our town. But it is a work in progress and we must ensure that this continues. It is important that we cannot rely on the inactive Labour MSP’s of the past that have no ideas and only provide us with soundbites and cliches.

We are living in very difficult economic times and it is important that we have representation from someone who has Paisley’s best interests at heart. I believe I am that person. I want to build further on the foundations laid by the local SNP and make Paisley the town we all want it to be.

I will be the only local candidate in next years election. The only one that can claim the title of a true Paisley Buddie. This alone is a very important distinction between myself and the rest. It is time we take Paisley back for ourselves. Moving away from the fatigued , failing politicians of the past and working together for the betterment of our town.

A number of years ago an employer of mine asked me if there was anything more to George Adam than I’m from Paisley, I support St Mirren and I’m in the SNP. I flippantly added – apart from my wife and children that’s about it. But on reflection I can look at this comment and put it into context for the coming election. My name’s George Adam, I come from Paisley and I want to be the your first Member of the Scottish Parliament!”