Two young people from Hounslow have been elected to represent the borough in the UK Youth Parliament.
Published: Friday, 3rd May 2019
After weeks of campaigning, Hounslow’s Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and their Deputy have been elected from eight candidates.
There were 9243 votes cast in total from across the borough, with the two successful candidates announced on Thursday 2 May at an event hosted by Hounslow Youth Council and Participation People at Hounslow House.
The new Member of Youth Parliament is Kainaat Siddiqi, The Heathland School
The new Deputy Member of Youth Parliament is Fatima-Zahra Yusuf, Chiswick School.
MYPs represent Hounslow on a regional and national basis, helping to engage young people in politics, democracy and citizenship.
They also deliver their own personal manifestos to improve the lives of young people. Last year, Hounslow’s MYPs focused on tackling the issue of knife crime and youth violence and their motion was chosen as one of the top priorities for UK Youth Parliament for the year. For 2019, Kainaat’s campaign promises include 1. Improve accessibility of Mental Health Services for young, 2. Increase funding for Mental Health provision, 3. Tackle Knife Crime through a Public Health approach
The MYP and their Deputy will be working closely with Hounslow Youth Council to put these campaigns into action.
Hounslow Youth Council are looking forward to working with both Kainaat and Fatima-Zahra to make their campaign promises a reality for the whole Hounslow and national community.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:
"It is great to see so many young people getting involved in local democracy and standing for election. I’d like to congratulate the winning candidates on their success and encourage those who were not elected to continue being involved in local affairs and in the future to seek election to other bodies.
“I look forward to working with our new MYPs and this administration is determined to make sure the whole Council takes account of the views of local young people, and MYP’s have an important role to play in this.”
The election and Hounslow Youth Council is run by Participation People, a youth engagement specialist company, who are an organisation commissioned by Hounslow Council to run their Youth Voice Service.
You can keep up to date with th MYP’s and Hounslow Youth Councils progress on the Youth Council’s Twitter @LBHYouthCouncil, their Instragram @HounslowYouthCouncil, or by getting in touch at Hounslow@participationpeople.com.