New Members of Youth Parliament announced

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Sila Urgulu and Emily Thompson
Published: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Mayor of Havering announced the two new Members of Youth Parliament (MYP), Emily Thompson and Sila Urgulu, during a formal presentation at Havering Town Hall on Thursday 22 March.

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

During the election, six young people from Havering campaigned to become a Member of the Youth Parliament and a record number of more than 10,000 votes were received. Candidates aged from 11 to 16 years 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.

New Havering Member of Youth Parliament 2018/20, Emily Thompson, 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”.

New Havering Member of Youth Parliament  2018/20, Sila Urgulu, said:

“I want to congratulate all the candidates on their very hard work and I am grateful for this opportunity. I’m really looking forward to this new experience and working together with other MYP’s and Emily”

Darren Luckhurst, Principal, Drapers’ Academy, said:

“The Youth Parliament Elections are important for young people in Havering. It is an opportunity for them to understand the significance of their voice, to contribute to change and put themselves in the driving seat. For all young people, the ability to listen and make decisions about who reflects their views and choose who represents them as the Member of Youth Parliament is central to them understanding democracy and politics from a young age.”

Both MYP’s will now undertake a residential placement during the Easter break, meeting with other MYP’s from across London and the South of England, this is an opportunity to learn more about their role and responsibilities and help them develop their skills and knowledge. This event is made possible with support from Erasmus+ and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Once elected Members of Youth Parliament organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people. All Members of Youth Parliament meet nationally twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting.