Fahad is Youth MP for Bolton
Friday, 20 April 2012
Year 11 pupil Fahad Ali has been elected a Bolton youth MP and has big plans to improve things for young people in the town.
Record numbers of young people - 14,620 - voted in the elections as to who would represent them for the next 12 months. The two winners were announced at a Town Hall ceremony as Fahad, and 11-year-old Lydia Wolstenholme, from Thornleigh Salesian College.
During the campaign, each candidate recorded a one-minute segment on a DVD, which was sent to schools, colleges and youth clubs throughout the borough.
Fahad said: "I was very happy and shocked to win. The DVD was probably the main thing that persuaded people to vote for me. I want to try to increase the opportunities young people have when it comes to getting work experience or apprenticeships."
Elected Youth MPs learn about the needs, interests and concerns of young people on both a local and national level. They lobby parliament as part of the national UK Youth Parliament group and sit on the Bolton Children's Trust. Youth MPs are apolitical, as the UK Youth Parliament is an independent group, so MPs focus on issues affecting young people in the borough rather than party politics.
Being a youth MP is not only a great introduction to the world of politics, but also gives young people a real opportunity to make sure their opinions are heard, both in the borough and beyond.