The young people of Cornwall elect its Members of the Youth Parliament
Cornwall’s Member of the Youth Parliament elections were decided on Saturday afternoon at New County Hall with the announcement of who topped the poll and was duly elected as Cornwall’s MYP for the next two years.
18 young people stood and from that three were elected as Cornwall’s representatives in the youth parliament. A further three we elected at deputy MYP’s who will support and if needed will stand in for the three MYP’s. The MYP’s will represent the West, Mid and East of Cornwall. There was nine candidates for the West, six for Mid Cornwall and three for the East.
It was great to see so many young people stand for this election. Their campaigns would rival those who stand in local and national elections with a mix of talking to their peer groups, social media and the use of online videos to get their message across. I was very impressed with the standard of campaign material.
The names of those elected are: Owen Davies and Joseph Lander (dep) for the West; Cameron Sykes and Saffron Blake (dep) for the Mid and Owen Winter and Tabitha Wethers (dep) for the East. In total, 5597 votes were cast. Well done to those who were elected, but congratulations should also go to all those who stood.
The election would not be the success it is without the dedication of the Staff at Cornwall Council’s Youth Services and the schools who helped facilitate the election by allowing students to vote in school and distributed the voting codes. Those schools who excelled at student participation were also awarded with certificates.
The school who had the highest voter turnout was Cape Cornwall with a 74% turnout. Followed by Liskeard 63%; Brannel 61%; Wadebridge 60%; Richard Lanner a 52%; Launceston College 43% and Helston College 39%. In total 30 schools took part. It was not only schools who had a good turn out, but Penzance Housing Project got a 100% turnout. Thank you schools.
As with any election, the real hard work starts once you have been elected. I am certainly looking forward to working with Cornwall’s MYP’s and helping them solve the issues they raise on behalf of the young people of Cornwall.