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School pupil, Timothy Would from Redcar Academy was elected to represent Redcar and Cleveland in Youth Parliament last night, Wednesday, July 8th. 

Timothy, 13, won the election by receiving 1013 of the votes and will now act as Member of youth Parliament (MYP), whilst runner-up Jacob Wanstall, 14 will act as Deputy Member (DMYP). Their term of office is one year and eight months.

Jacob, from Sacred Heart RC School received 803 votes. 

The ballot took place on Tuesday, July 7, whilst the count took place the following day at the 25K Youth Centre.   

Returning Officer, Mayor Brenda Forster declared the results. 

Lucy Grogan, 14 and Thomas Harvey, 12, pupils at Huntcliff School, and Daniel Wall, 15, from Rye Hills School were the other three candidates bidding for the role. 

Seven secondary schools agreed to take part in the democratic process, meaning over 3,500 pupils submitted their vote for the election. 

Timothy will now work to find out the concerns of other young people in the constituency and represent these views to decision makers on a local, regional and national level.

Run by young people, the UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. 

Elected members will be taking part in an annual debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons RT Hon John Bercow MP, to decide on which issues will become the prioritised campaigns for the year ahead.  

Councillor Craig Hannaway, cabinet member for children at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said: 

“We send huge congratulations to Timothy and Jacob, who will now be representing the young people of Redcar and Cleveland. 

“It is fantastic that the youth of the borough has a voice so they can share their concerns and aspirations, and be heard.” 

He added: “We are so impressed by all the candidates who took part in this election. The future is very promising for these bright individuals.”

Timothy will be expected to attend the Annual Sitting on Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2 at Exeter University, where he will take part in workshops, debates and networking.

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