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Young election hopefuls begin their campaign trail

Five Cheshire West youngsters standing for the local youth parliament election

Bishops Blue Coat Church of England High School student and Member of the Youth Parliament Jess Colston closed the debate on a Curriculum for Life in the House of Commons last November

Young people from across Cheshire West have chosen their five candidates for the Youth Parliament election which is held every two years.

Noah Aldous, 16, a pupil of Tarporley High School, Alias Buchanan, 15 and and Elinor Gray, 14, both of Upton High School, Harry Hatwell, 15, of Christleton High School, Shreya Jauhari, 15, of The Queen’s School, will now begin campaigning for the two seats up for grabs.

Cheshire West Youth Parliament candidate Elinor Gray age 14 from Upton High School
Cheshire West Youth Parliament candidate Elinor Gray age 14 from Upton High School

The election runs next year from January 13 to February 14.

The two young people who poll the most votes will be Cheshire West’s Members of the Youth Parliament until the end of February 2016.

A special day was held for the five candidates to be chosen which was attended by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s deputy chairman Bob Rudd and council leader Mike Jones.

Cllr Rudd said: “It was a privilege to come and spend time with a group of young people who were prepared to give up their time to discuss important issues.”

“The Youth Parliament creates a platform for all young people and makes sure that their voice is heard locally and nationally.”

“Their work load includes council scrutiny committees, taking part in consultations and working with partners of the council to ensure that not only are young people’s views known, but that their thoughts on the issues facing every resident of the Borough are known.”

Cllr Jones led a session on the way the council works and how it impacts residents’ lives.

He said: “I always enjoy the cut and thrust of debate and I must say that the questions from the young people were excellent and a good debate took place.”

“It is very important that young people develop skills and confidence to challenge politicians and ask questions on a wide range of issues.”

“The Youth Parliament goes from strength to strength and the opportunities are amazing .”

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