FOUR teenagers will be giving local youngsters a voice after being elected to the UK Youth Parliament.
Joanne Honnor and Charlotte Gourlay, both 15, have been elected as Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs), while Charity Mhende, aged 16, and Ferdous Audhali, aged 13, will serve as Deputy Members.
More than 3000 young people voted in the elections which were held across the borough last month. Polling stations were set up at Solihull’s schools, colleges and community centres. The winning candidates were announced at a special ceremony attended by Coun Ken Meeson, cabinet member for education, children and young people, and former Mayor Coun John Reeve.
Between them, the foursome will represent local youths at the national parliament which is made up of 13-19-years-old from around the country.
Joanne Honnor said: “It’s important that the young people of Solihull have their views heard on both a regional and national scale. Over the past few months I have been attending regional meetings and am currently part of a campaign run by the Youth Parliament to stop the rise in university tuition fees.
“I look forward to working with Charlotte, Charity and Ferdous along with many young people within the borough to make changes happen that will benefit the youth of our community.”
Coun Meeson said: “We want to encourage young people to take an active role in the democratic process and are lucky to have so many young people who are passionate about where they live and who want to have their voice heard.”