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Future leaders voted in to represent youngsters

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

  • YOUTH VOICE: Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Derbyshire County Council's Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People celebrates with the new Derbyshire Youth Council at County Hall, Matlock.

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FOUR young people from South Derbyshire are breaking out into the world of politics after being elected to the county’s Youth Council.

More than 21,000 youngsters have cast their votes to decide the line-up of the next Derbyshire Youth Council and results were announced on Thursday.

Representing the young people of South Derbyshire are Abbie Batchelor, from Granville Sports College, Tom Ephgrave, from John Port School, Mitchell Duggins, from The Pingle School, and Sam Beacham, from The William Allitt School.

During a week of voting, a total of 21,477 votes were cast by pupils across Derbyshire.

Fifty of the 147 candidate hopefuls were chosen and the successful candidates will be youth council members for the next two years.

They will represent secondary schools, colleges, academies, special schools and children in care.

Damien Greenhalgh, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It has been fantastic to see so many young people standing for election and getting involved in the voting process. And I’m pleased that this year’s vote has been the best turnout ever.

“The youth councillors will be getting involved in lots of decisions affecting young people so I’m looking forward to working with them.

“I wish them all the very best of luck and hope they enjoy every minute of their time on the Derbyshire Youth Council.”

Youngsters, aged 11 to 18, were able to canvass for a place on the youth council with the support from the county council’s staff who arranged the elections.

The first meeting of the new Derbyshire Youth Council will be held on April 5.

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