Havering elects two new members to Youth Parliament

Two new young people have been voted in to represent Havering in the UK Youth Parliament.

Curtis Tobbs and Uno Borlasa are the new Members of Youth Parliament for Havering.

Young people, aged 11- 18 from across the borough, voted during February on the candidates’ manifestos and pledges.

The results were announced at Havering Town Hall in Romford.

More than 9,000 votes were counted – over 2,300 votes more than the previous elections in 2020.

The candidates had campaigned on issues such as:

• Tackling hate and knife crime
• ending rubbish pollution
• preparing pupils for life after school
• getting young people involved in the COVID recovery plan
• making school uniform gender-neutral
• reducing the stress of GCSE exams

Outgoing Member Aliyyah Gbadamosi joined Councillor John Mylod, Mayor of Havering at the ceremony to announce the winning candidates. The Mayor said how much he enjoyed the event and praised the candidates for their enthusiasm to make change.

Curtis, 15, said: “I’m looking forward to putting my pledges in action and making them happen because young people are important and we need to showcase that. I can help them improve their mental health by putting certain measures in place.”

Uno, 14, said: “I am still trying to process it, but I am really happy that I got this role and to have this opportunity to serve the young people, my generation, the Havering youth.”

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18-year-olds to use their voice to bring about social change.

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Mick Ferris

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