Introducing North Ayrshire's new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament
Posted on 26 Nov 2021
Four new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) have been elected to represent North Ayrshire.
Five candidates put forward their manifestoes to prospective voters outlining why they deserve to take on the important role.
And from 8-19 November, young people aged 12-25 from across North Ayrshire had been voting for the candidates they wanted to represent them at the Scottish Youth Parliament.
The total number of votes cast was 1,013. There were 88 spoiled votes, bringing the total number of valid votes to 925.
And the newest batch of young politicians was officially announced by North Ayrshire’s Returning Officer, Craig Hatton, on Tuesday (23 November).
The results have named Logan Gilmour and Mais Al Diri as MSYPs for Cunninghame North.
Logan Gilmour, said: “During my time as a MSYP, I want to see the cost of going to school greatly diminished, more LGBT rights, equalities and support, mental health services greatly improved, and poverty near-non-existent. Regardless of what you have to say, I will listen to you all, and I will do everything I can to make sure that your issues are heard and dealt with appropriately and effectively.”
Mais Al Diri, said: “As your MSYP, I will be a voice for young people who don't have the chances and opportunity to speak up. I trust that my ideas will represent your issues. I will do my best to make positive change within my community and I will make sure your voice is heard whether it is a small change or a big change. I will support you within your full rights and make sure you know them at school and in your community.”
With Justin Jones and Pyper Quayle being elected to be the voice of their peers in Cunninghame South.
Justin Jones, said: “I believe that every young person should have a voice in concerns that matter to them. Why should we, young people, not have a say, why should we not get to make the decisions and question the decision makers on their views. As your MSYP, I will enable youth voice and promote SYP priorities and lead conversation that creates positive change for young people across Scotland.”
Pyper Quayle, said: “I want to make a difference. I want to be a voice for young people and speak up for what is right. I want to make Scotland a better place - the best place. I've always looked up and admired women with strong beliefs, empowered and independent females give us hope. I hope that I too can inspire young people and communities.”
In their roles as MSYPs, Logan, Mais, Justin and Pyper will take part in local youth forums, Locality Partnerships and Joint Cabinet where young people and North Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet discuss matters raised by young people through the Youth Citizenship and Participation Framework. They will also consult with their peers on a range of issues and lobby senior politicians on things that matter the most to young people in their constituencies.
They will officially take on the role in June next year for a two-year period.
Speaking about the elections, North Ayrshire’s Returning Officer, Craig Hatton, said: “I would like to congratulate Logan, Mais, Justin and Pyper on being elected as North Ayrshire’s new MSYPs.
“The Scottish Youth Parliament gives young people a platform which allows their voices to be heard.
“Here in North Ayrshire, the Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament can make a positive difference to the lives of their peers and help to ensure that the Council is aware of the issues which affect young people.
“I am confident they will do a great job in representing North Ayrshire’s young people and I look forward to working with them.
“I would also wish to commend our current MSYPs Aaran, Emily and Erin for the dedication they have shown, both individually and collectively, in representing our young people and North Ayrshire in such a positive way.”
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Participatory Democracy added: “It was a real pleasure to attend the SYP announcement evening and hear directly from the candidates on the issues that matter most to them and what they will stand for in their role as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
“It takes guts to put yourself forward for an election, and for that, all of the candidates should be incredibly proud of themselves for stepping up and putting themselves in the running.
“I thoroughly look forward to working with Logan, Mais, Justin and Pyper when they take up post as our new MSYPs in June 2022.”