Fifty per cent increase in Edinburgh candidates for Youth Parliament
The number of young people campaigning to stand for Edinburgh in the Scottish Youth Parliament has increased by 50 per cent, it was announced today.
A total of 27 young people from all areas of the city are now in the running to represent Edinburgh in this year's Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) - up from 18 standing for election last year.
Ranging in age from 14 to 23, the youth candidates represent Council and independent schools, colleges and universities and are competing for 12 seats - across six city areas: Central, Eastern, Northern & Leith, Pentlands, Southern and Western.
City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:
"This increase in candidates just goes to show that despite claims in some quarters of apathy and disinterest; young people in Edinburgh today have a passionate awareness of both their local community and the wider world around them.
"Standing for the Scottish Youth Parliament will provide all the candidates with an ideal platform to present the issues that matter to them to a wider audience and I look forward to following their campaigns with interest."
With advice from the Council's Youngedinburgh team, the candidates can now start to work on their election campaign in order to get the most votes in the SYP elections on 14-25 March.
As well as hitting the campaign trail in their schools, colleges and local community, they will be able to post a mini-manifesto and campaign videos on the SYP Edinburgh Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SYPEdinburgh
The Scottish Youth Parliament is a non-party political organisation made up of 150 young people aged 14-25 and represents every constituency in Scotland.
It campaigns to highlight the voice of Scotland's young people on a national and international stage and sits three times each year at a range of different locations, including in the main chamber at Holyrood's Scottish Parliament.
More information can be found on the SYP website: www.syp.org.uk
Full list of the candidates (with schools/further education as applicable):
Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff / Broughton HS
Chris Glendinning / George Heriot's School
Winnie Wen / Stevenson College
Finlay Young / Fettes College
Billy Foreman / Holy Rood HS
Natalie Maceira / Holy Rood HS
Ryan Ross / Portobello HS
Northern & Leith
Chanel Alexander / Telford College
Terri Miller / Telford College
Kelley Temple / University of Strathclyde
Fiona Scott / Telford College
Gael Anderson / Currie Community HS
Sara Ansari / Firrhill HS
Ross Arthur / Royal HS
Rhiannon Lee / Currie Community HS
Paul Murphy / Heriot-Watt University
Michael Shearer - in employment
Paul Sloan / Telford College
Malcolm Boyd / James Gillespie's HS
Nathan Duncan / Boroughmuir HS
Lindsay Hunter / University of Stirling
Robin Quinn / George Watson's College
Eilidh Still / Boroughmuir HS
John Beaton / Queensferry High School
John Bendo / St Augustines
Jahura Hussain / Royal High School
Tom Quinn / Craigmount High School