Budding Leeds politicians get to use their voices

Budding politicians who were nominated for Leeds UK Youth Parliament
Budding politicians who were nominated for Leeds UK Youth Parliament
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A trio of budding politicians have won the chance to be the voice of the city’s youth.

The teenagers went head-to-head with youngsters from across Leeds to represent the city in the UK’s Youth Parliament.

Shamim Miah, 16, from Notre Dame Catholic College and Minhazul Abedin, 15, from Prince Henry’s Grammar School were chosen to represent youngsters in Parliament.

Nicole Sabau, 17, from Notre Dame Catholic College was also selected by children to represent their views and help shape the city’s future.

The trio will also sit on the Leeds Youth Council to ensure that children have a voice with the city’s decision makers.

Members of Youth Parliament are the only people other than elected MPs who are allowed to debate in the House of Commons and elections are held every two years.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said:“Being a member of the Youth Parliament is a great opportunity both in terms of representing the views of the children and young people of Leeds nationally, as well as offering a chance for each young person to develop the essential skills for a successful future.

“In Leeds we have set ourselves the ambition to be a child friendly city, and a key part of this is giving the children and young people of our city a voice.

“The new Youth Parliament members and deputies will become the voice of the young people of Leeds on a national scale – what a fantastic opportunity.

“I’m sure they will face any challenges head on and be great representatives of the city of Leeds.”

Ciaran Morrison and Prosper Adam, both 17, were chosen as the deputy members.

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