A Larne Grammar School pupil is hoping to ensure local young peoples’ voices are heard by running as a Member of the Youth Parliament for the East Antrim area.
Lower Sixth pupil Scott Davison, 17, first got involved in politics when he went to Stormont to lobby Transport Minister Danny Kennedy on access to his family’s home during the A8 roadworks.
After the Minister overturned the department’s decision, Scott, who is fittingly studying Government and Politics at AS Level, decided to run for the British Council’s Youth Parliament scheme.
He told The Times: “Each of the parliamentary areas in the UK put forward candidates. After that, whoever is elected attends the annual sitting if the UK Youth Parliament which will be in Exeter this year, and a House of Commons debate which is broadcast on the BBC. There are a number of other engagements througout the term, including meetings with MLAs and MPs. I have already met MLA Roy Beggs and I’m going to see Sammy Wilson and Stewart Dickson.”
Scott says that he issues he will be campaigning on including lowering the voting age, tourism and health. He revealed: “The key issues I hope to campaign on which are important for young people include lowering the voting age to 16 to get more young people voting. I would also like to boost tourism in East Antrim as it’s a growing sector. Also important is health and wellbeing, mental health and substance abuse and the work of organisations such as PAL Larne, who I would like to get funding for. Tuition fees for university and further education is another issue.”
Online voting is open from February 17-27 at www.youthvoteni.com.
Only those aged between 11-18 years old who area living, working or studying for 14 hours a week in the East Antrim constituency area are eligible to vote.
For more information on Scott’s campaign, visit the Scott Davison for East Antrim UK Youth Parliament.
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