Four young women have been elected to represent the youth of local constituencies.
In results announced today (March 14), it has been confirmed that Emily Aitken and Megan Reid have been elected as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for Cunninghame North, with Courtney Gemmell and Erin McAuley the new MSYPs for Cunninghame South.
One-hundred MSYPs are elected to represent people aged between 14 and 25 in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland. In addition, there are a further 50 members from national voluntary organisations.
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) meets in the actual Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and its work is overseen by a group of trustees, all of whom are also under 25 years-old.
Explaining the SYP’s role, a spokesperson said, “Our vision is of a stronger, more inclusive Scotland that empowers young people by truly involving them in the decision-making process. Every year we have at least three national meetings where we discuss issues which affect young people and try to propose new and sometimes radical solutions to these problems.
“We are a young people’s parliament, designed by young people, led by young people and for the benefit of young people - the SYP is totally youth-led. We listen to and recognise the issues that are most important to young people, and ensure that by representing them at a national level their voices are heard by government and formal decision makers.”