Over the past month, young people across West Sussex (aged 11-18 years) have been voting in the West Sussex Youth Parliament and Youth Cabinet elections.
14,396 votes were successfully counted, which has resulted in 30 new members being appointed to the Youth Cabinet and 7 to the Youth Parliament.
The West Sussex Youth Cabinet is a group of young people that cover every constituency seat, across the county, and represent the young people that live there.
They participate in county wide consultations, by presenting the views of young people, as well as run their own campaigns. Previous campaigns from the cabinet have been on Anti-Radicalisation, Education and Mental Health.
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the new members to the Youth Cabinet and Youth Parliament.
“This is a great opportunity for the voices of young people to be heard in politics and I look forward to hearing their views on our services, and working with them over the coming months.”
The newly elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) and their Deputies will be doing things as the West Sussex Youth Cabinet as well as being included in the national programme run by the British Youth Council.
They will be campaigning in their national campaigns, which, for this year, are Votes at 16 and Education. Members of the Youth Parliament will also be attending the Annual Sitting, which is an opportunity for issues in West Sussex to be discussed at a national level; as well the House of Commons sitting in November, which decides future campaigns for MYPs to run.
For more information about the Youth Cabinet please visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/