A PROUD teenager has expressed her delight after being elected to represent other youngsters in Hartlepool.
Helen Lamb, 17, has been voted in as Hartlepool’s Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) after beating off competition from 11 other candidates.
As part of the national Youth Parliament programme, Helen will be invited to attend regional meetings, residential weekends and will have the chance to visit the House of Commons, in London.
Helen, from the Naisberry Park area of town, said she is looking forward to representing young people at a national level.
The teenager, who studies at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, added: “This is a really exciting opportunity. I am delighted to have been elected by my peers and I am really proud to represent young people in the town.”
A key part of Helen’s election campaign was to interact with youngsters across town by making the Hartlepool Youth Parliament more accessible.
She plans to set up a Youth Parliament Twitter account to make it easier for young people to get in touch and express their views through social media.
Helen, a former High Tunstall College of Science pupil, is in first year at college and is studying politics, history, religion and English Literature.
She is hoping to study politics and history at university.
The candidates produced a DVD and manifesto during candidate days held earlier this year, which were then sent to schools across the town.
Almost 4,000 pupils from schools and colleges across town voted electronically.
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond announced the winner in the council chamber.
Helen came out on top, with English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College pupil Isaac Duffy, 14, elected Deputy Member of Youth Parliament.
Mayor Drummond said: “My congratulations go to Helen for winning the election. She is a very confident and articulate teenager and I’m sure she will do a great job representing the young people in Hartlepool.”
Each candidate automatically becomes a member of the Hartlepool Youth Parliament, which aims to give all young people a voice to be heard at a local and national level.
The parliament, which has been running for six years, meets every Monday at Brinkburn Youth Centre, between 3.30pm-5.30pm.
For more information about joining call (01429) 523422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org