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Harlow’s young people dominate Young Essex Assembly

Education: Secondary / Thu 18th Dec 2014 at 12:24pm

THE young people of Harlow have been given a new voice following the latest Young Essex Assembly (YEA) election.

Some 75 young people from across the county have been elected to the YEA – the youth council for Essex – including seven in the Harlow district.

The successful candidates, all aged between 11 and 19, won their seats after a three-month election campaign.

About 19,000 votes were cast by young people across Essex, with ballots taking place in schools, libraries and youth centres, as well as online.

The election results were announced during a declaration event at County Hall, Chelmsford, on Monday evening (December 15).

The new YEA members will be in office for a period of two years (February 2015 until January 2017) and represent young people across the county, campaigning for changes they believe will benefit the lives of their peers.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for Education and Lifelong learning, said: “The Young Essex Assembly plays an important role in democracy in Essex and a vital link between young people and local government.

“As a council we are always keen to listen to fresh ideas and we look forward to working closely with the newly-elected members over the next two years.”

Cllr Norman Hume, Chairman of Essex County Council, added: “Essex is blessed with so many talented and selfless young people.

“It is refreshing to see the new members of the Young Essex Assembly show such a strong desire to make a positive contribution to the lives of the communities in which they live and study.

“I look forward to watching their ideas develop during the next couple of years.”

The YEA, which has representatives from all districts/boroughs across Essex, meets six times a year and will finalise its priorities at its inaugural sitting in February.

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