Over 9,000 young people stood up to get the voice of young people heard this week as they voted in this year’s new Youth MP and Deputy Youth MP for Westminster.
Six ambitious young Westminster Youth Council members have been campaigning across the city to represent the views of young people, in a tightly contested race with the winner announced on Monday (23 March).
Aby Murray, 15, from St. Marylebone School, will be the new Youth MP and Enkuush Mergen, 16, who attends The Camden School for Girls, took the Deputy Youth MP spot, at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster on Monday 23 March.
The Westminster Youth Elections 2015 saw the highest number yet of young people head to the polls to vote, beating lasts year’s record by thousands.
This year the six young candidates campaigned across schools, youth groups and their local area, acting on issues such as help getting into work, crime and the chance for all young people to achieve what they want to. Aby and Enkuush will now act as the voice of young people, and will work directly with key decision makers to influence and shape local services for young people.
Aby, said: “I stood because I wanted to make a change in the services available to young people and introduce a life skills programme for teens, and a campaign offering teens non-judgemental advice on drugs to mental health. I have so much admiration for all the young people who got involved and voted, they have shown they want to have a say.”
Enkuush, added: “I am so excited for the year ahead. I want there to be more support for young people and I plan to launch an online blog as a platform where young people can visit to share skills, opportunities and questions about getting into work and moving into further education.”
The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Audrey Lewis, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our candidates - it’s just wonderful to see so many young people engage with local politics. It is so important that they feel their voice is being heard and the new Youth MP and Deputy Youth MP now have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to issues affecting young people in Westminster.”