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Hertfordshire youth stand up to be counted

PUBLISHED: 18:18 04 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:39 20 February 2013

Hertfordshire youth stand up to be counted

Hertfordshire youth stand up to be counted

A record number of young people are putting themselves forward for the Hertfordshire Youth Parliament.

A record number of young people are putting themselves forward for the Hertfordshire Youth Parliament.


The next election for the Youth Parliament starts in January and candidates from all over the county have launched their election campaigns in a bid to win seats and represent their peers.


The hustings event which was held in November resulted in 41 young people from 24 schools deciding to compete for six MYP seats and six deputy MYP places. This is almost double the number who stood for election in the previous two years.


Candidates have prepared personal statements setting out their manifestos. These are available in video and written format on the county youth website, channelmogo. Campaign posters will also be displayed in schools.


Richard Thake, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said, Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) play an important role in representing their peers and making sure that young peoples voices are heard on issues that affect and concern them. This year, popular issues include transport costs, bullying and the negative image of young people often portrayed in the media.


I hope as many young people as possible will vote in these elections as it could start them off on a lifetime of taking part in the democratic election process.


The election opens at 9am on January 10 and closes at noon on February 4. All young people in Hertfordshire, aged 11 to 18 are eligible to vote. Whilst most voters will be at secondary school, any pupil at primary school who is 11 years old, on or before February 13, 2011 will also be able to vote.


Youth Connexions Hertfordshire is leading on this important initiative on behalf of the Hertfordshire Childrens Trust Partnership.


Hertfordshire candidates standing are:


Tara Acton, 16, from Welwyn (Francis Bacon Maths and Computing College, St Albans); Adil Ajaz, 14, from Watford (Francis Combe Academy); Ajmal Ajaz, 12, from Watford (Francis Combe Academy); Mudassar Ali, 12, from Watford (Westfield Community Technology College); Kayleigh Allinson, 17, from Watford (St Michaels Catholic High School); Oliver Anderson, 16, from Cheshunt (Cheshunt School); Sophie Armitage, 12, from Welwyn Garden City (Bishops Hatfield Girls School); Ailish Brown, 15, from Berkhamsted (Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted); Nick Brown, 11, from Welwyn Garden City (Stanborough School); Hamza Butt, 13, from Watford (Westfield Community Technology College); Numair Butt, 12, from Watford (Westfield Community Technology College); Fahid Chowdry, 17, from Hatfield (Francis Bacon Maths and Computing College, St Albans); Xavier Cohen, 15, from Tring (Tring School); April Cremins, 15, from Watford (Loreto College, St Albans; Alexander Curtis, 13, from Great Amwell (The Chauncy School); Katie Dalmon, 16, from Hemel Hempstead (Longdean School); Gabriella Earl-Chiniras, 15, from Hemel Hempstead (Loreto College); Atlanta Francis, 14, from Cheshunt (Cheshunt School); Shakeel Gavioli, 15 from Hertford (Richard Hale School); Paris Graham, 17, from Bishops Stortford (St Mary's RC School); Paul Hertbertson, 17, from Ruislip (Watford Grammar School for Boys); Danielle Houghton, 14, from Hertford (Sele School); Taqadas Hussein, 12, from Watford (Westfield Community Technology College); James Jarvis, 13, from Ware (The Chauncy School); Jake Kalisch, 16, from Pinner (Watford Grammar School for Boys); Jamie King, 16, from Cheshunt (Cheshunt School); Ollie Knight, 15, from Hertford (Simon Balle School); Stan Mackowiak, 14, Bishops Stortford (St Mary's RC School); Sam Mahrouche, 16, from Welwyn Garden City (Stanborough School); Jacob Marcus, 13, from Cheshunt (Cheshunt School); John Mastrini, 16, from Harpenden (Sir John Lawes School); Francesca Miller, 16, from Shenley (St Albans Girls School); Teyeb Mohammed, 14, from Watford (Queens School, Watford); Carina Panchal, 13, from Redbourn (St Albans Girls School); Joe Reason, 16, from Welwyn Garden City (Monks Walk School); Peter Saville, 14, from Hitchin (Hitchin Boys School); Angela Thick, 15, from St Albans (St Albans Girls School); Rory Tinker, 14, from Hemel Hempstead (Hemel Hempstead School); Dominic Trendall, 16, from Hertford (Simon Balle School); Daniel Wells, 16, from Welwyn Garden City (Sir Frederic Osborn School); Yassar Zulkifal, 13, from Watford (Westfield Community Technology College).



  • Channelmogo is the countys youth portal, and enables young people access to a wealth of information as well as interactive content such as videos, surveys, competitions, posting their own music and writing and much more. www.channelmogo.org

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