Kingston’s youth have spoken

Young people from the borough have chosen their representatives for Kingston Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament.

The winning candidates were announced at the special election event at the Richard Mayo Centre on Tuesday 17 March.

Candidates from each locality were elected to be Youth Council representatives who will be the area’s voices in tackling local issues for young people, while two others were chosen to represent the UK Youth Parliament and will be the voice of Kingston nationally.

Since October 2014 up to 70 young people between the ages of 11 and 19 from across the borough have been preparing the necessary skills and knowledge to be confident candidates for the Kingston Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament Elections 2015, with help from the Council’s Achieving for Children Youth Service.

Elections took place from Tuesday 3 March in schools and youth clubs in each of the four localities of Kingston with 7,439 votes registered with the Mi-Voice voting website.

Cllr Andrea Craig, Lead Member for Children, Youth and Adult Learning, said: “The Youth Council is an incredibly important part of our democracy locally. It helps us to listen to young people's opinions.
“Our members of the UK Youth Parliament will represent the borough on national issues and give our young people a voice.”

Jodie Webb was elected as Kingston's Member at the UK Youth Parliament. Jodie said: “I’m so pleased. This is such a great opportunity.”

Gagan Singh Khurana was elected as Deputy Member at the UK Youth Parliament.  
  1. Since September 2014 schools have been working in partnership with Achieving for Children's (AfC) Youth Service in supporting the campaign to recruit pupils across Richmond and Kingston to nominate themselves as election candidates. 
  2. AfC recognises the work the schools put into promoting the elections by giving an award to a primary and a secondary school. The award is for the schools that had the highest percentage of their students voting in the Kingston Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament Elections. 
  3. The primary school which has won the democracy award this year is Christ Church - New Malden Primary School (79 per cent turn out) 
  4. The secondary school who has won the democracy award this year is Southborough High school (91% turn out) 
Elected Members of Kingston Youth Council for North Kingston and Kingston Town are: 
  • Imogen Edward –Lawrence 
  • Emma Hunt 
  • Saher Murtaza 
  • Rumaisa Khan 
  • Ella Morrel 
Elected Members of Kingston Youth Council for Maldens and Coombe are: 
  • Jodie Mae Webb 
  • Chloe Grimes 
  • Paigtene Davina Ellis 
  • Dan oliver 
Elected Member of Kingston Youth Council for Surbiton and Tolworth are: 
  • Emily Jeans 
  • Tom Muxworthy 
  • Adam Winstanley 
  • Sameena Ganesalingam 
  • Dave Bysooa 
Elected Members of the Kingston Youth Council for South of the Borough are: 
  • Maaz Malik 
  • Gagan Singh Khurana 
  • Michael Hector Villar - Noguera 
  • Kirsty Grimes