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Newly elected youth parliament descends on Renfrewshire

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This weekend, the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) will host its 57th Annual Sitting and Annual General Meeting in Renfrewshire.

Elected young people from all over Scotland will gather at Park Mains High School for what will be their first national Sitting as the newly elected membership of the Scottish Youth Parliament, following the recent SYP national elections which took place in March 2015, where a record number of votes were cast.

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The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. Nearly 160 Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs), who are elected every two years, meet three times a year at National Sittings to debate policy, select campaign priorities, and host events with stakeholders and other guests.

This Sitting is a key event for the SYP as this is when the full Membership of the organisation will elect the new Board of Trustees and Committee Conveners, who will then lead the organisation over the next year. As a youth-led organisation, the AGM is a hugely significant occasion which forms the foundation of the SYP’s core values and structure, truly empowering Scotland’s young people.

Louise Cameron MSYP is the current Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Following four years as an MSYP, Louise chose not to re-stand for election in 2015. Speaking ahead of the first Sitting of the 2015 membership, Louise said:

“I’m delighted that SYP will be in Renfrewshire for its 2015 AGM. This Sitting is one of the most important as we not only continue our important debates, training, and activities, but we elect our new Board of Trustees and Committee Conveners. As SYP is a youth-led organisation, these are the young people who will lead SYP for the next year.

“It has been so special being the Chair of such an outstanding organisation throughout such a momentous time in Scotland’s history. SYP has changed my life for the better, and I have gained so much from being a part of it, as well as feeling like I have made a positive difference for Scotland’s young people.

“Being an MSYP is a truly life-changing experience, and I would like to encourage the new membership to embrace every opportunity during their term. I am confident the new MSYPs will continue to build on the organisation’s success, and lead the way towards a fairer, more equal Scotland for young people.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Renfrewshire is pleased to be hosting the first National Sitting for the newly-elected MSYPs and I am sure the MSYPs are eager to get started on their first campaign – POVERTY: See It Change It.

“Tackling poverty is one of this council’s top priorities. We initiated the Renfrewshire Tackling Poverty Commission – the first of its kind in Scotland – because we wanted a fresh and independent approach to how we can break the poverty cycle. The Commission left a legacy of recommendations. Our ring-fenced poverty fund of £6m will help to deliver these and we’re finalising ambitious plans that will be implemented in coming months. I firmly believe this will make a real difference.

“I welcome tackling poverty being the focus of the Youth Parliament and look forward to working with our MSYPs on this issue – which is absolutely crucial to the life chances of future generations.”

Mark Dougan, MSYP-elect for Renfrewshire North West, said: “I’m really looking forward to the National Sitting and it is even more special because it takes place in my home town.

“Our next big campaign is POVERTY: See It Change It and I know this is one thing that many young people are concerned about. With one in five young people living in poverty in Scotland, I am hoping that we can get decision makers to listen to us and make a difference so no one has to live like that.”

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Youth Parliament candidates meet with Council Leader

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Young political hopefuls held their very own question time when they got the chance to grill Renfrewshire Council’s leader and chief executive.

Seven of the ten candidates standing for election met with Councillor Mark Macmillan and Sandra Black at the Council Chambers in Renfrewshire House.

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Posing questions about child poverty, the minimum wage and education attainment, the candidates learned how decisions are made and resources are used to meet key priorities of the council.

Councillor Macmillan said: “It was a great opportunity to meet the candidates standing for election in Renfrewshire. They have a passion and drive to speak out for young people and make things better and I was pleased to take the time to answer some of their questions.

“The Scottish Youth Parliament is an important part of our democracy and I think it’s good to see things happening because of it. Last year, the council supported the CareFairShare campaign and helped to implement fairer pay for young carers.

“The candidates are all on the campaign trail and although only five can be elected, all the candidates can make a difference for young people by continuing their involvement in local youth forums, like Renfrewshire Youth Voice.”

Sandra Black, who will act as Returning Officer at the SYP elections, said: “Giving the candidates a chance to ask questions was really important and I’m sure they got as much out of it as I did.”

“On 13 March, I will be announcing the results of the election and I hope that the candidates, regardless of being elected or not, will have enjoyed the experience and being involved in the democratic process.”

Young people aged 12 to 25 can vote online from Monday 2 March until Thursday 12 March at 5pm on www.youngscot.org. Polling stations will be available at schools, the University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, the Employability Hub on Gauze Street and at Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street in Paisley.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Scottish Youth Parliament elections

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Young people aged 14-25 who live, work or study in Renfrewshire are reminded that they have until Wednesday 29 October to register their interest in becoming a candidate in next year’s Scottish Youth Parliament elections.
Young people are being urged to put themselves forward as candidates for next year’s Scottish Youth Parliament elections before the closing date.

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Anyone aged 14-25 who lives, works or studies in Renfrewshire needs to register their interest in becoming a candidate by Wednesday 29 October.

Confirmed candidates will receive training in November so they can develop manifestos and campaign in their local area.

Elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament campaign on key issues on behalf of young people in their local area and ensure that their voices are heard by decision makers.

The election will take place in March 2015 and five youngsters will be elected for a two-year term – two for the Paisley constituency, one for Renfrewshire South and two for Renfrewshire North and West.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “The recent Referendum enabled more of our young people to get involved in politics and many will be inspired to take their political engagement to the next level. Becoming a candidate for the Scottish Youth Parliament elections is a great opportunity for young people to voice the key issues affecting them and their communities and ensure that key decision makers hear their views on issues that are important to them.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament is made up of 150 young people aged 14-25 and are selected through nationally co-ordinated elections held across Scotland every two years.

The Scottish Youth Parliament meets at least three times a year, at national sittings.

To register an interest in becoming a candidate, please visit www.syp.org.uk/elections or contact Renfrewshire’s Election Coordinator John Kennedy on 0141 889 1110.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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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Candidates for the Scottish Youth Parliament hit the campaign trail

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Candidates for the Scottish Youth Parliament hit the campaign trail

Candidates for the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament election in March are set to hit the campaign trail across Renfrewshire to talk to pupils and young people about their manifestos, and why they should vote for them.

Five Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament will represent Renfrewshire in the Scottish Youth Parliament for its next two-year term. Two will be returned for the Paisley constituency, one for Renfrewshire South, and two for Renfrewshire North and West.

Scottish Youth ParliamentCouncillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the Council’s Education Policy Board said: “It’s important that young people should take the time to listen to the candidates talk about their manifesto when they visit schools over the next few weeks. Young people have a part to play in influencing decision makers and by choosing their representatives for the Scottish Youth Parliament, they know that the issues that are important to them are being aired.

“I’d ask that everyone gets involved 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.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is made up of 150 young people, aged 14-25, who 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.

Candidates:

The candidates are listed surname, first name, constituency and school.

Bouzidi Darren  Renfrewshire South      Linwood High School

Buchanan Jordan Renfrewshire South      St Benedict’s High School

Ferns Adam      Renfrewshire North and West     University of West Scotland

Gray Rebecca    Renfrewshire North and West     Gryffe High School

McKay Robyn     Renfrewshire North and West     Park Mains High

Middleton Emma  Renfrewshire North and West     Gryffe High School

Craig Laura     Paisley                         Gleniffer High School

Darku Denzel    Paisley                         Paisley Grammar

Gray Bronwyn    Paisley                         Gleniffer High School

Hendrie Emma    Paisley                         St Andrew’s Academy

Jardine Rebecca Paisley                         Gryffe High School

McGowan Andrew  Paisley University of West Scotland

Sharkey Mhari   Paisley Paisley Grammar School

Smith   Ben     Paisley St Andrew’s Academy

You can view the candidates’ manifestos on the Scottish Youth Parliament’s website. http://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