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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
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
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.
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