After a busy month of campaigning, the young people of Slough have spoken, electing their 40 chosen representatives to form a new Youth Parliament.
More than 8,000 young people across the borough voted (75 per cent of those eligible), with 20 different secondary schools participating and some schools achieving turnouts of more than 90 per cent.
The new Slough Youth Parliament will represent the views of other young people in the borough and influence key decisions around local services.
Members will serve a two year term and will now undertake the task of electing one representative to sit on the UK Youth Parliament, to represent the views of Slough’s young people on a national level, as well as representatives to several local strategic boards.
The council’s young people’s service supports the youth parliament, as part of the wider youth voice agenda.
Slough Youth Parliament members will now draw up their manifesto. This will include a commitment to support the national UK Youth Parliament campaign to take action against knife crime. This was also the top priority in Slough from autumn’s Make Your Mark consultation.
The election results were announced at a ceremony at Beechwood School on 7 February by MP Tan Dhesi, together with SBC chief executive, Josie Wragg, and lead member for education and children, Cllr Shabnum Sadiq.
Cllr Sadiq said: “It’s inspiring to see so many of our young people engaging in local democracy. Slough Youth Parliament offers young people aged 11-19 the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in their local community. For the individuals involved it is also an opportunity to learn key transferable skills for the future.
“Congratulations to everyone who was nominated – all the candidates have worked really hard and it was a privilege to meet some of them at the results event. I look forward to working with the newly elected Slough Youth Parliament. Some of the members may only be in year 7, but we know with Slough Youth Parliament they will have opportunities to do great things.”