Aziz Saiq, 16, from King Solomon Academy has been announced as the new Youth MP for Westminster at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster on Monday 27th February.
Mohammed Awale, 17, also from King Solomon Academy was named the Deputy Youth MP.
This year is the first full year that Westminster’s Youth MP is a member of the Youth Parliament, meaning Aziz will get the opportunity to attend Youth Parliament conferences and speak and debate in the House of Commons in November.
The Westminster Youth Elections 2017 saw over 45% of young people (4500 votes) in Westminster have their say and turn out to vote over a three week period.
This year the eight young candidates campaigned across schools, youth groups and their local area, acting on issues such as combatting community crime and opportunities for all young people.
Aziz and Mohammed will now act as the voice of young people, take part in the UK Youth Parliament and will work directly with key decision makers in the council to help influence and shape local services for young people.
Aziz Saiq, Westminster’s new Youth MP, said: “I am delighted to be elected as Westminster’s Youth MP. It is a surreal feeling, so thank you to all those who have supported me. I have a lot of goals that I want to achieve over the coming year so I am keen to get out there, meet the community and all those who voted for me and start making a difference.
Mohammed Awale, Westminster’s new Deputy Youth MP, said: “I want to try and ensure that all young people have a say on the issues that affect them. I am really keen to work closely with Aziz in the coming year to try and achieve all we set out to do in our manifestos. It will be a team effort, not just for Aziz and I, but also the whole of the Youth Council. I look forward to an exciting year ahead.”
Councillor Richard Holloway, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People said:
“Congratulations to Aziz and Mohammed on their election victories. The Youth MP and Deputy Youth MP play a vital role in ensuring that we hear the voice of young people in Westminster. I look forward to working with them both over the coming year and helping ensure that their shared visions for improving the lives of young people are realised.”
Aziz and Mohammed take over the positions from Hamza Taouzzale and Nishat Uddin who have been the Youth MP and Deputy Youth MP for the last year.