TWO teenagers have been elected to represent the Hartlepool’s young people at a regional and national level.
Shay Miah, 18, who lives in the town’s Victoria Ward, beat competition from four other candidates to be voted in as Hartlepool’s Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) for the next two years.
He takes over from previous MYP Hannah Bew.
Farah Razzaq, 16, who is also from the Victoria Ward, came second in the poll and will serve as his deputy. Both are very active in Hartlepool Borough Council’s participation groups for young people.
The UK Youth Parliament provides a channel for 11 to 18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
It meets several times a year on a North-East level and holds a national debate in the House of Commons.
In Hartlepool there are also weekly meetings, run by the council’s Participation Team – on Mondays from 4.30pm-6pm in the One Stop Shop in Unit 24, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre - which any young person can attend to air their views and raise issues with the MYP.
Shay, who studies at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “Regardless of who is the MYP, what matters is that we are all in this together and we can change things for the better.”