Four young women will represent Milton Keynes on the UK Youth Parliament, after the election results were announced at a celebration event on Friday.
The evening also saw the new members of MK’s Youth Cabinet (YCAB) announced, along with the results of a ballot to find out what issues are most important to young people in MK.
More than 11,000 young people across Milton Keynes voted in the elections which resulted in Folu Ogunyeye being elected as the Member of Youth Parliament for Milton Keynes South and Ijeoma Ogbuju as the Member of Youth Parliament for Milton Keynes North. Rachel Grimer-James and Georgia Gray were elected as deputies.
The UK Youth Parliament gives a voice to young people nationally and focusses on issues that affect them. Folu and Ijeoma’s role will take them to Annual Sitting to represent Milton Keynes in Youth Policy in the summer and they will attend the Houses of Parliament Sitting in November.
The celebration was also the first time the newly formed YCAB, which represents young people locally, came together. They will turn their attentions to Life Skills Education this year after it was declared the most important issue for young people across the city. It will be closely followed by issues of mental health and the All in One Card.
Councillor Zoe Nolan said: “It’s great to see the young people of Milton Keynes actively wanting to get involved in the future of their city and making sure that their voices are heard. It is particularly pleasing to see that in the week of International Women’s Day, our four young MYPs are female. ”
Young people and their families were joined at the celebration by Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Zoe Nolan, Deputy Mayor David Hopkins, MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart and MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster.