Scottish Youth Parliament election results announced

(L-R) Donald Mclean, Cllr. Colm Merrick, Jack Dudgeon, Provost Jim Fletcher, Caroline Innes, Deputy Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Cllr. Annette Ireland and Marissa Roxburgh at the East Renfrewshire Scottish Youth Parliament results event.
(L-R) Donald Mclean, Cllr. Colm Merrick, Jack Dudgeon, Provost Jim Fletcher, Caroline Innes, Deputy Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Cllr. Annette Ireland and Marissa Roxburgh at the East Renfrewshire Scottish Youth Parliament results event.

The results of the East Renfrewshire 2019-21 Scottish Youth Parliament elections were announced at an event at Eastwood House on Friday (March 29), where the following candidates were successfully elected:

Jack Dudgeon, Eastwood constituency

Donald Maclean, Eastwood constituency

Marissa Roxburgh, Renfrewshire South constituency

Young people in Scotland are represented by a Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), which democratically elects its members, aged between 14 and 25. Elections are held every two years in all 32 local authorities and a range of voluntary organisations.

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) are the elected representative voice of young people in Scotland and provide a national platform for their participation in democracy.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is crucial for the young people of East Renfrewshire, and ensures that their views on issues affecting them are heard by decision makers.

The SYP constituencies mirror that of the Scottish Government. East Renfrewshire has three seats in total, two in Eastwood and one in Renfrewshire South.

Caroline Innes, Deputy Chief Executive and Returning Officer for this year’s election said: “All of the candidates who stood for this year’s election should be very proud of themselves for their hard work in delivering robust campaigns, and encouraging young people from across East Renfrewshire to vote.

“Being elected as an MSYP is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the issues affecting the lives of the young people they represent in East Renfrewshire. I wish our newly elected members the best and look forward to seeing all that they achieve during their term. I would also like to thank everyone who voted.”

The voting period ran from 15-29 March which saw over 1200 young people from across the authority cast their votes using the single transferable voting system. The successful candidates will officially become members of the Scottish Youth Parliament when they take their seat at the first sitting in June.

Any young person who may be interested in standing in a future election can attend the Youth Forum for support. The group runs on a Tuesday from 6.30pm-8.30pm in The Edge, Newton Mearns and Voluntary Action, Barrhead, on alternate weeks.

For further information please contact 0141 577 3787 or email YPSenquiries@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.