Highest turnout ever for Milton Keynes Youth Elections

Milton Keynes Youth Election
Milton Keynes Youth Election

More than 10,000 youngsters voted in the Milton Keynes Youth Election - the highest turnout ever.

Voters, school teachers and parents of the candidates all gathered to hear the results announced by Mark Lancaster MP, Iain Stewart MP and leader of the council Councillor Peter Marland on Friday.

The elections were split into three parts; UK Youth Parliament, MK Youth Cabinet North and MK Youth Cabinet South.

As all 10,506 voters participated in three elections, a total of 31,518 ballots were received.

MK YCAB is an elected group of 11-18 year olds and was set up to ensure that young people’s voices are heard.

Youth Cabinet members regularly meet with councillors, council officers and other decision makers to advocate on behalf of young people to bring about social change.

UKYP is a national forum of 600 young people from across the UK giving young people a voice.

With the support of the Government and opposition parties, UKYP runs national campaigns to improve the lives of young people.

The result of Milton Keynes’ representative at the British Youth Council was also announced in which Mahi Joshi, 15, was successful.

Adam Rolfe, 18, who got the most votes overall and was elected as Member of Youth Parliament South, said: “I am so pleased to have been successful again this year.

“It is really important for young people to be able to interact with key influencers and policy makers across Milton Keynes and the UK as a whole on a regular basis to ensure that the voices of young people are heard and understood.”

Councillor Peter Marland who announced the results of the MK Youth Cabinet Elections North said: “It was a pleasure to be invited to announce the results of the Youth Elections.

“It is fantastic to see so many young people in Milton Keynes with a drive to work together to make their communities a better place.

“I look forward to working alongside them and taking advice from them on what young people in Milton Keynes want to see from the decision makers in Milton Keynes.

“It is vital for us to listen to them and not guess what young people care about or want to see happen.”

A training day for the newly elected members will take place on 14 March followed by a training residential from 17 - April 19. The first official meeting of MK Youth Cabinet will take place on May 9.