Twelve North East Lincolnshire students standing in the UK Youth Parliament elections
TWELVE students are campaigning for the right to represent young people in North East Lincolnshire for the next two years.
They are standing in the UK Youth Parliament elections, taking place in schools and academies between February 25 and March 8. The winning candidate and their deputy will organise events, run campaigns and lobby policy-makers on young people's issues.
They will go to regional groups and join 600 members at the UK Youth Parliament, replacing serving member Jordan Hagerup, who was elected as deputy to Callum Stanland in 2011, and stepped up when Callum went to university.
Shaun Balderson, 16, of Franklin College, is standing with Samuel Irving.
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He said: "When the opportunity came up to represent North East Lincolnshire, we both jumped at it. At a time when political participation is almost at zero, we hope we can get young people more involved."
Macaulay Wright, 15, running with Havelock Academy schoolmate Jawaid Hussani said: "The good things that young people do don't really get noticed but the bad things do. We would like to change the reputation that young people have."
Maria Worrall, 15, standing with Havelock Academy schoolmate James Wells, said: "I have recently moved here from London and I would like to give young people in Grimsby the kinds of opportunities they have in London."
William Barnes, 13, standing with Tollbar Academy schoolmate Melissa Foyle, said: "We want to give young people more of a say in decisions."
Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for people and communities said: "These youth parliament elections give young people the opportunity to engage with local democracy from an early age and to select the team they want to represent their views locally, regionally and nationally."
The elections take place in schools, academies and Grimsby Town Hall with results announced on March 15. The winner takes up post in April.
For more information visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/youthelections or www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk.
Keep checking your Telegraph for fuller profiles of the candidates.