Release Date: 04/04/2017
The children and young people of the borough have spoken – and the representatives of Richmond’s Youth Parliament and Council announced.
The young people who will represent the views and opinions of what really matters to the 15,000 children and young people of this borough were announced at a special declaration event at York House on Thursday. A total of 5,775 democratically minded young people who go to school, college, live, or work in Richmond took to the polls in schools, youth clubs and community centres across the borough since the beginning of March.
Now the hard work and dedication begins and it’s up to the Youth Council and Youth Parliamentary representative to let the powers that be – from Richmond Council right to the Houses of Parliament and in between, exactly what matters to the children and young people of Richmond.
Young politicians have been taking part in a number of events in the run up to the elections including taking part in training for campaigning, public speaking and create policies and manifestos as well as hustings in the council chambers.
Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s and Schools, Cllr Paul Hodgins, said:
“They play pivotal roles in the lives of young people across our borough and now the next group of young political representatives have arrived. The Youth Council and Parliament was established to give young people in Richmond the opportunity to speak out on the issues that affect their everyday lives. It’s heartening to see that 5,775 votes were cast and that our children and young people are civic minded at such a young age.”
Youth Parliament representative, Max Pietrangeli, said:
“I really was not expecting to be elected, I am over the moon! In my two years as a Richmond MYP I will concentrate on getting the youth voice heard not only locally but nationally. I will work closely with youth organisations and our local MPs to ensure I achieve the best outcomes for young people.”
Richmond Youth Council representatives:
Updated: 28 April 2017