Sutton elects a new Youth MP 5.03.10
A new Sutton representative has been elected to the UK Youth Parliament.
Sixteen-year-old Megan Barnes, who attends Glenthorne High School, came top in the election polls beating six other candidates.
Almost 8,000 young people voted in Sutton's February elections to choose a member, and deputy member to represent their views at a national level.
New deputy MYP Maria Francesca Finnerty, 16, from St Philomena's High School, will start her new role alongside Megan this week (1 March).
Youth MP, Megan Barnes, said: "I feel privileged to be representing all young people in Sutton at the Youth Parliament. I'm hoping that it's going to make a big difference to young people I'm really happy to be a part of it.
"After being part of my school youth council, I see it as a step up, not just focusing on my own school but on the bigger issues.
"I feel quite strongly about how the media presents young people as there are lots of us making a difference and working hard. I would like to see a more positive image portrayed in the media.
"I also want to try to make Sutton safer for young people walking home from school, so that they don't feeling intimidated by groups or anxious about living in their local area.
"As well as safety, another major issue is that there is not enough for people to do and I would like to see a change in this too.
"I am looking forward to being able to be involved in changes for young people in the area. I don't yet know whether I will want to go on to pursue a career in politics after leaving school, at the moment I hope to study sports science and work in the area of physiotherapy."
Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning Services on Sutton Council, Cllr Tony Brett Young, said: "I congratulate Megan and Maria on their successful election to the Youth Parliament and wish them all the best for their work over the forthcoming year.
"The Youth Parliament is an excellent way for young people to have their voices heard and be actively involved in decisions that impact on young people's lives in Sutton."
As well as meeting with the national Youth Parliament, Megan and Maria will be supported by Sutton Youth Parliament group members to discuss and deliver local and national campaigns.
Anyone wanting to get in touch with Sutton Youth Parliament and the members should email: email@example.com