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Havering selects new Members of Youth Parliament to represent young people

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 April 2018

Former MYP Eddie O’Sullivan, Emily Thompson, Sila Urgula and former MYP Victor Sarpong. Picture: Havering Council

Former MYP Eddie O’Sullivan, Emily Thompson, Sila Urgula and former MYP Victor Sarpong. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

Havering’s new members of Youth Parliament have been announced to represent young people’s interests in the borough following a record number of votes.

More than 10,000 votes were received during the election where six young people went head to head in campaigning and to their delight, 16-year-old Emily Thompson and 14-year-old Sila Urgulu were named as the borough’s members of Youth Parliament (MYP) at Havering Town Hall last week.

Emily, who attends the Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School in Upminster, said: “I would like to congratulate the other candidates for all their hard throughout the campaign and also congratulate Sila, who I look forward to working with over the next two years.

“It is a privilege to represent the Youth of Havering and I’m excited entering into this new role.”

Sila also added: “I am grateful for this opportunity.”

Candidates aged from 11 to 16 years old campaigned across schools in the borough highlighting their manifestos and rallying for votes to help them become the voice of Havering youth.

All six candidates took their campaigns to school assemblies, facing their fears to speak in front of audiences of more than 450 of their peers.

Both will now represent the youth of Havering, highlighting their views to decision makers on a local, regional and national level.

Members of Youth Parliament organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people.

All MYPs meet nationally twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting.

The pair will take over from youth parliament members Victor Sarpong and Eddie O’sullivan who will now be stepping down.

Eddie said: “Looking back over the last two years, I can confidently say that being an MYP was a pleasure and an experience I will never forget.

“I would like to wish the newly elected MYPs the best of luck in their campaigns and I will rest easy as I know the views of the Youth of Havering will continue to be heard.”

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