Sandra White MSP welcomes record Scottish Youth Parliament elections

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin has welcomed the Scottish Youth Parliament’s record-breaking election results announced this week.

SYP nationally received 77,000 votes with candidates fielded across Scotland after more than 1100 lodged interest in running.

In Sandra’s constituency of Glasgow Kelvin, Jessica Gow and Khaled Emkidh were elected as MSYPs.

Sandra White MSP said, “I am delighted that the Scottish Youth Parliament elections have seen more young people getting involved in seeking to represent and change their communities.

“I have enjoyed working with MSYPs over the years and I am looking forward to working with Glasgow Kelvin’s new youth parliamentarians. I was pleased to recognise their success and the ongoing achievements of the SYP in a motion to the Scottish Parliament.

“The role of the SYP in Scotland’s youth sector is an important one as it gives young people a platform to make change and develops Scotland’s future leaders, and I wish them all the best in this work.”

Sandra White MSP’s motion to the Scottish Parliament:

Motion S5M-04773: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/03/2017

Congratulations to Glasgow Kelvin’s New Youth Parliamentarians

That the Parliament welcomes the election of new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament across the country and the efforts of everyone who stood to represent young people in their communities; notes that Jessica Gow and Khaled Emkidh will represent the constituency of Glasgow Kelvin; understands that both were elected by young people in Glasgow Kelvin to campaign on issues of education, transport, justice, human rights and health and wellbeing; recognises the important work of the Scottish Youth Parliament to highlight youth issues and provide a platform for the voices of young people in Scotland; further understands that it achieved a record-breaking 1,179 notifications of interest to stand for election lodged by young people, which is an increase of 39% on the 2015 elections; considers that it has increased its reach to young people across Scotland by working with 10 partnering National Voluntary Organisations, which have increased by three since 2015; congratulates the Scottish Youth Parliament on its continued success, and wishes its new youth parliamentarians the best with their work.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Gail Ross, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Ash Denham, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Angus MacDonald, Bob Doris, Ivan McKee, Jenny Gilruth

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