David Cameron honours young Hartlepool Labour activist

Hartlepool 2014 local and European elections. Shay Miah.

Hartlepool 2014 local and European elections. Shay Miah.

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A TEENAGER who dramatically increased the number of young people engaging in politics in Hartlepool has been honoured by the Prime Minister.

Shay Miah, an 18-year-old student studying A-Levels at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, got 79 per cent of 11-18 year olds in Hartlepool voting in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot.

His efforts saw him crowned as the winner of a Points of Light volunteering award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

Through his efforts, Shay involved proportionally more young people in Make Your Mark than adults voting in Hartlepool at the last General Election and put Hartlepool at the top of the table with the highest turnout for the youth campaign

He volunteers as a Member of Youth Parliament for Hartlepool and yesterday joined other members in the House of Commons for a special Youth Parliament debate of the issues young people across the UK voted for in the ballot.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Shay is a brilliant example of a young man who has used his talents to encourage other young people to get engaged in democracy and politics.

“His enthusiasm has created a real buzz among young people in Hartlepool with an incredible 79 per cent voting in the Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot. I’m delighted to make Shay the UK’s 155th Point of Light.”

Shay said: “I am the most proudest person ever, to receive an award from the PM is an honour.

“For four years I have been representing young people locally and to receive this award is the biggest achievement of my life.”

Town MP Iain Wright added: “It’s incredible and positive news that, thanks to Shay’s magnificent efforts, Hartlepool had the highest turnout of young people voting for topics to be debated in the Youth Parliament.

“It is right that he is being recognised for that hard work and dedication by the Prime Minister.”