Young people of St Helens, aged 11 to 18 have voted for their new Member of Youth Parliament and Deputy Member of Youth Parliament.
The United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a national organisation through which young people campaign to make positive changes for their peers across the country.
St Helens is entitled to have one Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and one Deputy. The elections took place between 12th February 2019 and 8th March 2019. 17 young people put themselves forward and wrote their own manifestos.
The manifestos were shared amongst young people in St Helens so that they could choose an MYP who best represents them. 4,371 young people from 12 schools within the borough voted for their preferred young person.
From these 17 young people, Ben Lomas from Rainford High School has been elected as St Helens MYP and Morgen Lamb from Hope Academy has been elected as the Deputy MYP.
Both have cited knife crime as key issues affecting local young people which they hope to address, as well as mental health, homelessness and transport.
St Helens Youth Service have thanked all the young people who stood as candidates, who voted, and all the schools and school staff who helped facilitate these elections.
For more information about the Youth Parliament, call Nazia Nabi on 01744 675124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org