Youngsters heading for parliament

SIX YOUNG people from Angus are campaigning to be elected to the Scottish Youth Parliament in the elections to be held on March 23.

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

The candidates for Angus South are William Campbell, Carnoustie; Robbie Cargill, Arbroath and Douglas Inglis, Monifieth. Unlike the Scottish Parliament, the Youth Parliament allows two young people to represent their constituency, therefore two of the candidates will be successful in the Angus South seat.

In Angus North & Mearns the candidates are Leigh Douglas, Forfar; Andrew Laurie, Brechin and Ronan Valentine, Montrose. As the Angus North seat is shared with Aberdeenshire Council area, only one candidate will be elected from the Angus area and the other from Aberdeenshire area.

The election will be held on Wednesday, March 23, and voting will take place in all Angus secondary schools, all Angus Council community learning and development bases and in Angus College.

Voting is open to all 12 to 25-year-olds and young people will be given the chance to vote by the alternative vote system. The count will take place on Thursday, March 24, with the announcement of results at 6 p.m. in the No1 for Youth base in Forfar.

Following the election, the successful candidates will attend induction training, which will be provided by the Scottish Youth Parliament, 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 by staff at No1 for Youth. If you have any questions or queries or want to raise a youth issue with them then please contact No1 For Youth on 01307 468859.