Havering school's pride at youngsters political aspirations
PUBLISHED: 08:42 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:42 16 December 2015
A Havering school is bursting with pride after a campaign to find pupils interested in running for membership in the UK Youth Parliament found eight aspiring politicians.
Each of the applicants, from Years 7 to 11 at Sanders School, in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, were required to produce a manifesto and apply to Havering Council by November 30.
Havering is looking for 10 candidates to go forward in the election, which will be based on their interview and manifesto.
Assistant head teacher, Julie Steel, who led the campaign, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we had such interest in the school for applications for Havering Youth Parliament.”
Only one of the eight candidates could go forward to a manifesto workshop and an interview at the council.
Lucky entrant, Year 11 student Eddie O’Sullivan, 15, was selected.
Miss Steel added: “We are extremely pleased that Eddie has been chosen.
“Our field of candidates were very strong so he did well.
“We look forward to him delivering his manifesto and embarking on his campaign.”
The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a youth organisation consisting of democratically elected members aged between 11 and 18.
Formed in 2000, the parliament has around 600 members, who are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government and service providers.