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Harlow students shine in Young Essex Assembly

Politics / Mon 9th Feb 2015 at 06:00pm

Essex Youth CouncilTHE newly-elected Young Essex Assembly (YEA) sat for the first time at the weekend, electing the county’s UK Youth Parliament members in the process.

Some 75 young people from across Essex were elected to the YEA – the county’s youth council – in December.

The new members, all aged between 11 and 19, had their inaugural sitting at County Hall in Chelmsford on Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8.

The group got to know each other on Saturday, taking part in a series of teambuilding-type activities before being formally welcomed by Essex County Council chairman Cllr Norman Hume and nine other county councillors.

They also later had the opportunity to pose written questions to the councillors, coming up with a number of thought-provoking questions about topics such as how the YEA can influence decisions, the budget and the council’s role in lobbying national government.

On Sunday, the new members learned about the YEA constitution and the council’s corporate outcomes, as well as deciding who would sit on which subgroups.

Those of the group who wanted to stand for the UK Youth Parliament also made speeches before the group voted for who they wanted to represent them and other young people in Essex.

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