BOROUGH MP Andrew Miller was among those welcoming Cheshire's three new members of the Youth Parliament.
The youngsters, including one from this borough, had won an election staged at County Hall in Chester.
They were joined by Andy Hamflett, chief executive of the UK Youth Parliament, who chaired a special question and answer session involving the MPs and youngsters in a packed council chamber.
The chosen three are 16-year-old Katie Hilton from Neston High School, who will represent Cheshire West, 17-year-old Lee Nelson from Reaseheath College who represents East of the county and 14-year-old Carly Fennell who represents Mid Cheshire.
A record-breaking 14,235 votes were cast by 11 to 18-year-olds in polling booths, youth organisations and the internet across the county.
The nine other candidates become Deputy Youth Members of Parliament.
Mr Hamflett said: 'I came to Cheshire because there is so much going on - your election process is one of the best in the country and I wanted to learn about this.
Katie, Lee and Carly will now work closely with Cheshire police and county, district and parish councillors over the next 12 months as well as meet other YMPs across the country.
Katie aims to put democracy on the agenda in schools. She said: 'I think we should have lessons about democratic process so that when we are old enough to have the vote we will know how to use it.
'I also believe more should be done to improve transport in my area.'
County council chairman Neville Price said: 'The number of votes cast is proof that the Youth Parliament is growing in stature and experience, giving young people an important voice of their own.'