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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