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Results for Kingston Youth Council 2017 are in

Over 5775 young people in schools and youth centres across the borough voted to elect new members of Kingston’s Youth Council this week.

Polling took place at participating schools and youth centres between 6 and 24 March. The results of the elections were announced at Guildhall in Kingston on Tuesday 28 March, by Kingston Council’s Chief Executive Charlie Adan.

​Marcus Dyke was successfully elected as the UK Youth Parliament representative for Kingston upon Thames. Mehakdeep Kaur, Niketa Evoyage, Freya McMurray, Isabella Topley, Leila Cocking, Marcus Dyke, Joe Crabtree, Piotr Piwowarczyk, Ridwaanah Alamin and Sharine Yogeswaran were all chosen to represent the Kingston Youth Council.

Young politicians have been taking part in a number of events in the run up to the elections including taking part in training for ​campaigning, public speaking and create policies and manifestos as well as hustings in the council chamber.

Robert Henderson, Director of Children's Services for Achieving for Children, said: “There was a really good turnout for this year’s elections and it is incredibly rewarding to see so many young people get involved in local politics and have a say in the issues which affect them.”

Kingston Council’s Chief Executive, Charlie Adan, said: “We feel it is vitally important that young people in Kingston get the chance to be involved in the democratic process and have the chance to put their own views across. I'd like to congratulate all the successful candidates and wish them every success as they take on important roles.”

The new members will take up post on 1 April 2017. Elections take place ​every two years and any young person who is interested in standing in the future can email ​[email protected] for more information.