Local youth parliamentarians

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COLLEEN Brown, Arbroath, and Emma Farquhar, Carnoustie, were elected unopposed to the Scottish Youth Parliament to represent Angus South.

Four young people from the county had campaigned to be elected in the elections that were held during the first week in March.

Angus Council area is divided into two constituencies - Angus South and Angus North & Mearns - to mirror the Scottish Parliament constituencies.

Unlike the Scottish Parliament, the Youth Parliament allows two young people to represent their constituency, and as only two candidates had stood for election in Angus South, both of the candidates were successful.

Colleen commented: “I am looking forward to taking on the role of a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament as I think it’s important for the young people of Angus to have their voices and opinions heard.

“I am looking forward to working with the other two MSYPs to make sure that we do what is in the best interests of all the young people in Angus.”

Emma said: “I feel great pride in representing South Angus in the Scottish Youth Parliament. It feels like the start of something great and hopefully over the next few years we can work towards making real and positive differences in our communities here in Angus.” 

In Angus North & Mearns as there were four candidates standing an election was held. The candidates were Eilidh Collins, Letham; Liam Mowatt, Montrose; and Douglas Johnston and James Yates, from Brechin.

As the Angus North seat is shared with Aberdeenshire Council, only one candidate would come from the Angus area and the other from Aberdeenshire. The successful candidate was Eilidh Collins who attends Forfar Academy.

Following the election, the three successful candidates will attend induction training for three months to prepare them for their role before they attend their first sitting of the Parliament in June.

The Angus candidates are supported during their term as members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) by members of staff in the Community Learning and Development youth team in Montrose Road Centre in Forfar.

If you have any questions or queries or want to raise a youth issue with them then please contact them on 01307 473662.