Young people in Devon elect representatives to Parliament
Devon’s new MYPs and their deputies (Courtesy UK Youth Parliament Devon, Local Democracy Reporting Service)
Nearly 4,000 votes throughout the department
Young people in Devon have elected their new representatives to the UK Youth Parliament.
Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP), aged 11 to 18, are elected every two years by other young people from their area across the UK.
Devon has four MYPs – one for each region of the county – with two deputies in each region. They often meet with politicians, organize events, organize debates and ensure that young people’s opinions are heard.
Following elections in February and March, in which almost 4,000 Devon young people cast their ballots, eight new MYPs and MPs were chosen to represent their peers:
South Hams and Teignbridge–Joe
Middle and East – Emiko
North, West and Torridge–William
And the assistant MYPs are:
Exeter – Adam and Otto
South Hams & Teignbridge – Eva and Megan
Middle and East – George and Ned
North, West and Torridge – Nate and Tymek
Speaking after their first meeting in early April, Emiko, the newest member of Mid & East Devon, said: “It was great to meet the rest of the team. Everyone here is passionate about making real change in Devon.
“I strongly believe that national action starts at the local level. And if we can make a difference here, it can have a much wider impact in the South West and beyond.
Joe, the new South Hams & Teignbridge MYP, added: “I look forward to representing the young people who elected me. We had a great day discussing politics and making our plans; there is certainly a lot of potential to implement good ideas.
They met to discuss their priority issues, which are partly based on the results of the associated Make Your Mark poll – the UK’s biggest poll for 11 to 18 year olds – which took place alongside the election.
He revealed that young people in Devon rank the environment as their top priority, followed by health and well-being, and jobs, money and homes third.
Working alongside members of the new Devon Youth Council, the Youth Parliament team will create a county-wide manifesto that will showcase key messages from Devon’s young people. It will be released next month.