Youngsters elected to MK Youth Cabinet

The new members of MK Youth Cabinet
The new members of MK Youth Cabinet
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Thirty-four people aged 11 to 19 from across the city have been chosen to serve in the MK Youth Cabinet.

Four youngsters were also elected to represent MK on a national level through the UK Youth Parliament.

The chosen MK Youth Cabinet members will hold regular meetings with Milton Keynes Council elected members and council officers, to ensure that the voice of young people is heard.

Those elected to the UK Youth Parliament will share the views and concerns of youngsters with the Government, debating key issues in the House of Commons.

Elizabeth Beale, 16, who was re-elected to the MK Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament this year, said: “It’s really important for young people to have their say on the decisions and changes that will affect them.

“Having been a member of the MK Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament the previous year, I really felt that I helped make a positive impact on the lives of others and it’s great that I can continue to do that again this year.”

And assistant director for children and families, Will Spurgeon, added: “There were over 10,000 votes in this year’s MK Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament elections, which means that each member will be truly representative of the young people of Milton Keynes.

“Voters have elected members who they feel will do the best job in representing them on a local and national level and we are confident we have a strong group who will make a positive contribution to Milton Keynes.”

Those who voted also had the opportunity to choose what they think the campaign focus should be for MK Youth Cabinet in 2013/14. The two key topics chosen for this year were: improving the relationships between young people and the police; and supporting young people in getting ready for the workplace.

To find out more about the MK Youth Cabinet or UK Youth Parliament, visit www.mysaymk.com or contact youth participation worker, Emma Hosking, on 01908 253781 or email emma.hosking@milton-keynes.gov.uk