Youth Parliamant elections held

ONLY weeks before national local elections youngsters in Comet country have had their say. Elections were held to find a number of MYPs – Member of the Youth Parliament. Laura Evans, 17 and from Hitchin, and Rob Wallace, 16 and a student at Hitchin Boys

ONLY weeks before national local elections youngsters in Comet country have had their say.

Elections were held to find a number of MYPs - Member of the Youth Parliament.

Laura Evans, 17 and from Hitchin, and Rob Wallace, 16 and a student at Hitchin Boys' School, were elected at a count at County Hall in Hertford.

Miss Evans said: "I'm very happy about being elected as I really want to get involved in politics. I'm looking forward to the first meeting with other Hertfordshire MYPs when we decide what our local campaign will be."

Aimed at 11 to 18-year-olds, the UK Youth Parliament was founded in 2000 and young people are consulted about everything from drugs and street crime to education and the environment.

Hertfordshire MYPs attend eastern region meetings and the annual national sitting for more than 350 MYPs from all over the country.