Leeds winners revealed for Youth Parliament

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The city’s four new members of the UK Youth Parliament were announced last night in a finalists’ reception at Leeds Civic Hall.

A shortlist of ten candidates, aged 11 to 18, had been vying for the public’s vote since earlier this year to represent Leeds at the UK Youth Parliament for 2018-20.

And last night the winners were revealed as Arqam Al-Hadeed, 17, from Allerton High School, Harry Small, 15, from Roundhay School, Samuel Cliffe, 15, from Rossett School and Sylvia Cullen, 17, from St Mary’s Menston.

The UK Youth Parliament is run by young people for young people. Each candidate had to submit a short manifesto saying how they would improve an issue that is important to young people in Leeds.

The four elected members will attend the House of Commons each November to discuss issues affecting young people with the Government.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council executive board member for children’s and families 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 believe it is really important to give children and young people of our city a voice. I would like to thank all our outgoing members of Youth Parliament and wish all our new members and deputies the best of luck in what will no doubt to be a fantastic opportunity with a number of new challenges.”