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Kingsley Student Elected Deputy Member of Youth Parliament

posted 18 May 2016, 04:28 by mevans@kingsleyacademy.org   [ updated 27 May 2016, 00:57 by Kingsley Academy ]
Year 12 student Mahnoor Khan has been elected as a Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP) to represent over 18,000 eleven to eighteen-year-olds in Hounslow. This year twenty candidates across the borough stood in the elections.

The UK Youth Parliament consists of MYPs and DMYPs that nationally represent all young people in their borough or region. Commencing in March, the elections lasted for a month and were open to all young people that live, work or study in Hounslow. Tofunmi Omisore preceded Mahnoor by a close margin and Katie Boylan has been elected due to the reintroduction of a second DMYP. Both are from Gumley House Convent School.

They are currently preparing for the upcoming national Make Your Mark campaign. Last year, over 300 students at Kingsley Academy (in addition to up to a million nationwide) voted on an issue they feel the UK Youth Parliament should focus on. Increasing the living wage was elected as the most pressing issue concerning young people, both nationally and in Hounslow. Mahnoor will be focusing to exceed last year's Make Your Mark turnout to give more young people a political voice. The Hounslow Youth Council have set a target of 9,000 votes this summer.
Fantastic achievement, Mahnoor!


          
       Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford and Isleworth (left) Mahnoor (right)
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