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Elections of Youth Parliament see new members representing the Highlands

By Imogen James

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Dougal Masterson.
Dougal Masterson.

Following the elections of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), six new members have been welcomed to cover the Highland region.

Every two years the SYP holds elections to find new members to represent the voice of young people in Scotland.

There are three constituency areas in the Highlands.

For Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Aimee Ross and Rory Young will represent.

Aimee Ross.
Aimee Ross.

Hamish Nott and Mollie McGoran cover Inverness and Nairn.

Mollie McGoran.
Mollie McGoran.

For the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross area, Dougal Masterson and Ewan Johnstone are elected.

The elections ran between November 8 and 21.

Anyone between 12-25 years old could vote.

Members of the SYP represent all 32 local authorities throughout Scotland, and range from 14-25 years old.

The youth parliament was established in 1999 - it is older than the Scottish Parliament.

High Life Highland senior youth development officer Audrey Anthoney said: “The new members will now be

engaging in Scottish Youth Parliament campaigns and participating in the SYP sittings which

take place three times each year.

“They will also work closely with their local youth forums and groups and the Highland Youth

Parliament and Highland Youth Convener, ensuring young people’s views across the Highland

area are voiced and represented at a national level.”

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