Two young people from Crewe and Poynton have been elected to represent Cheshire East for the UK Youth Parliament.
Tyler Everall and Jake Crossley were selected as Cheshire East representatives, at a ceremony held at Congleton Town Hall in February, after receiving the most votes from their peers.
More than 4,000 votes were cast in total and both individuals will represent the views of young people from across the borough, taking responsibility for organising events and campaigns, meeting MPs, lobbying for change and appearing in the media.
In order to become elected, the eight competing candidates (aged 11-18) had to present a series of speeches to parents, carers and professionals, sharing their views on issues affecting their community.
As part of his speech, Tyler, 15, spoke out about his passion for the LGBT community, highlighting how keen he is to represent young people in Cheshire East and to ensure that their voice is heard.
Jake, 13, focussed on his passion for campaigning for equal funding in the North West, saying: “I’ll cooperate with as many people as possible to make this work.”
Prior to the event the eight semi-finalists had been campaigning in schools, colleges and youth provisions across Cheshire East, covering topics such as LGBT awareness, mental health, curriculum for life and safer communities.
Jake added: “I’d like to thank all the youth support staff and teachers, who’ve helped me to prepare for this, as well as my friends and family who’ve supported me all the way.”
Tyler said: “I am truly excited to have this opportunity to work with many amazing people, especially the new UK Members of Youth Parliament and Jake, my fellow representative for Cheshire East.”
Young people in Cheshire East have been participating in UK Youth Parliament over the past 10 years, with successful candidates taking topical and local issues to the House of Commons alongside other representatives from across the country.
New members of UK Youth Parliament are voted for on a bi-annual basis, and the election season takes place from November to March.
Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council, said: “Both candidates have worked really hard to win this election within the Cheshire East constituency and have demonstrated impressive dedication throughout the process.
“Their passion for bringing local issues to the forefront and ensuring their views are heard at such a young age is nothing short of inspiring.
“I’m so proud that we have had so many of our 33,000 young people in Cheshire East who want to make a difference in our community.”
More information about the UK Youth Parliament can be found at: www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk