Our very own Y9 student, Tim Would – has successfully been elected as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament with 1013 votes.
See Tim’s candidate video here:
You can also find out more about the UK Youth Parliament here
Back in April when Tim met with his careers advisor in school, to discuss his option choices, it became apparent that he had a real interest in politics and future career aspirations to become a politician. When the careers advisor received information regarding an opportunity for young people in the Redcar and Cleveland constituency to run for a Member of Youth Parliament, she was able to use information gathered from careers interviews to immediately identify the young people within school that would be interested and Tim was at the top of her list. After approaching Tim and confirming that he wanted to participate the careers advisor provided him with the application form and agreed to be Tim’s Proposer in supporting his application. Since then Tim has worked hard preparing his manifesto, speaking in school assemblies and attending photo and video shoots to support his campaign and secure victory over the other 4 remarkable young people running in this election.
On Wednesday 8th July Tim was elected to represent Redcar and Cleveland in Youth Parliament, he won the election by receiving 1013 of the 3378 valid votes cast from the 7 local secondary school’s that agreed to take part in the democratic process. Tim will now act as Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), whilst runner-up Jacob Wanstall (from Sacred Heart RS School, who received 803 votes) will act as Deputy Member (DMYP), their term of office is one year and eight months.
Tim will now work to find out the concerns of other young people in the constituency and represent these views to decision makers on a local, regional and national level. Tim’s first ‘adventure’ in his new role will be the Annual Sitting, a 3 day Residential from Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August at Exeter University, where he will take part in workshops, debates and networking. Elected members also take part in an annual debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons RT Hon John Bercow MP, to decide on which issues will become the prioritised campaigns for the year ahead.
Run by young people, the UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. We are extremely proud and supportive of Tim and wish him every success in his term of office.
Congratulations Tim, we’re very proud of you!
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
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