17 May 2019 Last updated at 12:00

New youth MP and council for the Island

The Isle of Wight  has a new youth council and youth MP, supported by the Isle of Wight Council.

Elections — which included hustings and campaigning in schools around the Island — resulted in 18 young people, aged between 11 and 18, elected to the Isle of Wight Youth Council (IWYC) that sits once a month.

The Island’s new Member of Youth Parliament is Isaac Lethbridge, from Sandown, and his deputy is Benson Hardy, from Wootton.

Both also sit on the IWYC and represent the views of young people on the Island as part of the national youth parliament, operated by the British Youth Council.

Isaac said: “It was a great campaign and fantastic to see just how interested and involved young people across the Island became.

“I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who supported me in achieving this amazing opportunity, and I look forward to working hard over these next two years to ensure everyone feels they have a voice.

“I hope you'll join me in making the Isle the Wight a great place to learn and live for everyone."

At the inaugural meeting of the new youth council, Owen Buchan was elected chair and India Dale deputy.

Departing chair, Tom Jackson, who is now concentrating on his studies, said: “A lot has changed over my term of office and I'm really proud of what I've achieved.

“Two years ago, the youth council and youth MP were relatively under the radar and many were unaware of their existence.

“After putting a lot of hard work in, I hope that has now changed. As a group, we hope people now know what the youth council is, what it can do and what it stands for.”

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Factfile
  • The Isle of Wight Youth Council is an elected advisory body to the Isle of Wight Council on youth issues. It is elected by young people between the ages of 11 and 21 from across the Island.
  • The purpose of the Isle of Wight Youth Council is to work on behalf of young people of the Isle of Wight, in co-operation with the Isle of Wight Council.
  • They aim to increase young people‚Äôs influence over issues and decisions, which concern young people and to develop and deliver projects for the benefit of young people.
 
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