Springwood student becomes youth parliament member
Four Norfolk teenagers have been inaugurated as the county’s new Youth Parliament Members (YPMs) at a special ceremony at Norfolk County Council last month.
The new youth parliament members include a student from Springwood High School, in Lynn.
The new YPMs competed against 26 other Norfolk candidates for their seats and will now spend two years in office.
Ewan Harris, 17, of Springwood VIth form became the new YPM for North West Norfolk.
An aspiring future politician, Ewan campaigned for more resources, activities and spaces for young people, better mental health services and voting rights for 16-year-olds.
He said: "As a Youth Parliament Member I hope to make positive change and improve things for young people in my area and beyond."
He and the other winning candidates will get the chance to debate in the House of Commons and work with regional MPs and local Norfolk councillors.
Penny Carpenter, chairman of Norfolk County Council, said: "Many congratulations to the four winning candidates and many thanks to all who participated in the youth parliament elections and make your mark ballot this year.
"This is a brilliant chance for the winning candidates to get the experience of campaigning and representing the young people of Norfolk locally and nationally and I look forward to working with them and hearing their views."
A total of 11,955 votes were cast by 11 to 18-year-olds in Norfolk’s YPM elections.
Young people also had the chance to cast their votes in the Make Your Mark ballot, which asks them to vote for the issues most important to them from a list of options.
This year health and wellbeing was voted as the most important issue to young people followed by jobs, money and opportunities and education and learning.