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Apr 29 2013

Harrow’s young people elected into Youth Parliament

harrow_council_logoHarrow Youth Parliament elected a new chair as the new parliament was declared open at their annual general meeting last Thursday.

Oliver Hurcum beat two other candidates to the position as chair of Harrow Youth Parliament. The candidates were chosen after an impressive hustings where each young person eloquently promised what they would do for Harrow’s youth, should they be elected.

In February Jasmine Botchey, aged 16, and Liam Ackermann, aged 14, were chosen to represent the borough’s young people on the national stage for two years, beginning on April 1st, as Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs)

MYPs ensure the views of the young people within Harrow are listened to by meeting with MPs and local Councillors, organising events and campaigns, and holding debates. The elected MYPs will also get the chance to join the debate at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting at the House of Commons.

The group also chose their new, secretaries and press officers and ran through the successful year the previous executives chaired, which included visits to the London Assembly, lobbying of Government ministers about youth issues and taking part in a debate in the House of Commons with other members of the UK Youth Parliament.

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Families, Councillor Mitzi Green, who attended the event, said: “I was really impressed by the speeches and presentations of all the candidates. I would like to congratulate everyone who was elected into office, and thank the leaving executives who did such a fantastic job of representing the borough’s young people last year. The Youth Parliament gives young people a voice in the political debate and invites them to help find solutions to the issues which matter most to them. It’s the place for the next generation of decision-makers to get real experience and influence.”

Oliver Hurcum, newly elected chair of Harrow Youth Parliament, said “I’d like to thank everyone for voting for me. It’s a real privilege to know that I am trusted so much for this position. It’s going to be a challenging year ahead but I’m looking forward to working with councillors, council directors and all the new members of Harrow Youth Parliament to represent Harrow’s young people to the best of my ability.”

You can find out what Harrow Youth Parliament get up to on twitter by following @HYP_live

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