Friday, September 30, 2022

Four new representatives at Thurrock youth cabinet

THURROCK’S youth cabinet has a new chair and there is a new Youth MP too.

The 22-strong youth cabinet — elected or nominated from Thurrock secondary schools or local youth groups — voted for the positions at last month’s (7 March) meeting.

Those elected for 2012/13 are: chair of the youth cabinet, Faizal Akindele; vice chair, Nathan Lovell; Member of Youth Parliament, Anne-Marie Ola; deputy Member of Youth Parliament, James Henderson.

Faizal, who represents St Clere’s School, said: “I look forward to having experience of chairing meetings and also making new friends.

“The elections were very nerve racking, but I am so glad I pulled through. I am looking forward to make the youth cabinet a family and to better the lives of young people in Thurrock.”

Anne-Marie Ola and James Henderson will represent Thurrock at the UK Youth Parliament for the coming year.

Their roles will be to ensure young people from Thurrock are represented regionally and nationally at events, campaigns and consultations.

Anne-Marie’s predecessor, Sophie Burroughs, said of her time as MYP: “It’s hard to believe it has been two years since I first joined the UK Youth Parliament.

“It was a fantastic experience, and I hope to take everything I learned and continue to promote the positive voice of young people across Thurrock.

“My experience as MYP has helped me become more confident, and it will now play a major part in my journey to becoming a local councillor.”

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