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Lambeth gets its first female Youth Mayor

Lambeth council's Chief Executive Derrick Anderson with new Lambeth Youth Mayor Jacqueline Gomes-Neves

Lambeth council’s Chief Executive Derrick Anderson with new Lambeth Youth Mayor Jacqueline Gomes-Neves

The Lambeth Youth Council elections on Thursday night saw 17-year-old Jacqueline Gomes-Neves named as the borough’s new Youth Mayor.

The A-level student from Loughborough Junction who attends Sacred Heart Catholic School, currently in Trafalgar Street, Camberwell, is the borough’s first female Youth Mayor.

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The Lambeth Youth Council programme is a great way of getting young people involved with Lambeth council, and building their interest and skills in politics.

“I congratulate everyone who stood for election, all those who voted and I’m really pleased to welcome Jacqueline Gomes-Neves as the new Youth Mayor – I know she will do a fantastic job at achieving her election pledges and promoting young people’s interests.”

The ballot announcement was made by Lambeth council’s Chief Executive Derrick Anderson at the Assembly Hall next to Lambeth town hall in Acre Lane, Brixton.

Taking to the stage Jacqueline said: “I’m ready to do this for Lambeth. I will make an effort to come to you and let you tell me what you want to see changed in Lambeth – because it’s your views and your opinions that are important.”

Lambeth Youth Council election saw 11- to 19-year-olds who live, work or study in Lambeth choose from 19 candidates, casting 4,309 votes in total.

As well as electing the new Youth Mayor the night also saw a new Member of Youth Parliament, Deputy Youth Mayor and a four member newly formed Youth Cabinet named.

Tamoy Phipps, 17, who goes to Dunraven School in Streatham was elected as Deputy Youth Mayor. The new Youth Cabinet Members are Daniel Longe, Poppy Rubra, Christiana Opadeji, Emmanuel Amadi

For more information visit http://www.younglambeth.org/elections.

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