Budding young politicians in Lambeth took to an open top bus to visit ten of the borough’s youth clubs and play areas as part of their youth election campaign.
They carried the message about the elections to their young electorate, while canvassing the opinions of Lambeth’s young people.
There is a choice of 14 candidates in this year’s elections, with eight vying for the coveted role of Youth mayor and six looking to be Lambeth’s Youth parliament representative. Voting is open to anyone aged 11-19 who lives, works or studies in the borough.
This year’s winner will be Lambeth’s third Youth mayor and as in previous years will have an annual budget of £25,000 to help make the changes that young people want to see. The Youth Parliament is a national organisation run by young people, for young people.
Lambeth’s runners in both elections have developed personal manifestos and election videos explaining why they want to represent their peers and visited schools to speak directly to hundreds of students about their ideas for improving Lambeth.
“Lambeth is one of only four London authorities, and only ten nationally, to have a directly elected Youth Mayor,” said Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Paul McGlone,
“We really value the advice and participation of our young citizens and I hope as many of them as possible will exercise their democratic right to vote in these elections.”
To view the youth manifestos and videos and find out more about the Youth Mayor project go to www.youthmayor4lambeth.com.
For more information about the UK Youth Parliament go to www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk.