Norfolk’s four new Members of Youth Parliament are announced
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The four young people who will represent youth in Norfolk have been announced.
The winners of Norfolk's Youth Parliament elections were announced at a ceremony at county hall earlier this week.
Over the last few weeks, 17 young people have campaigned to become Members of Youth Parliament (MYP), giving presentations in school assemblies, making films and posters and using social media to promote issues they will focus on.
Penny Carpenter, chairman of Norfolk County Council's children's services committee, revealed the four winning candidates, who will each represent one district.
Cameron Hodds was elected in east Norfolk, Ewan Brett in central and south Norfolk, Fee Robinson in north Norfolk and Jake Dorman in west Norfolk.
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Mrs Carpenter said: 'Our previous group of MYPs have been a positive force for the county and have done a fantastic job in standing up for young people, particularly in raising awareness of mental health issues.
'It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there to run for election, so well done to all 17 young people who stood as candidates this time, they should be immensely proud of themselves.
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'There are so many positives that they can take away from this experience and lots of other opportunities to get involved in.
'We're all looking forward to working with our new MYPs and finding out more about things that they feel strongly about so we can make the most of their enthusiasm and tackle issues together.'
MYPs are non-party political and look into issues affecting young people today.
During the elections, each young person in Norfolk aged 11 to 18 was given an online vote via the county council website.
And the successful four's manifestos focus on various topics - including promoting young people's rights, mental health services and ridding the county of plastic.
What do you think they should be focusing on? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What are their pledges?
• Cameron Hodds, east Norfolk
Simply put, #YouthVoice needs to more widely broadcast. However, I also stand for the improvement of support and rights for LGBT youth but also raising awareness of mental health in young people. If you #VoteCam - dreams and wishes you have for East Norfolk will become a reality, that's a promise!
• Ewan Brett, central and south Norfolk
I care deeply about this beautiful county. I will campaign for Norfolk to become plastic free. I believe young people should have a say in our future. I will petition for a 16 plus vote on the Brexit deal. I will ensure that all young people have access to excellent mental health services.
• Fee Robinson, north Norfolk
I want to improve mental health service in schools. I regularly use Norfolk's mental health service and know what change is needed. On top of this, I'm desperate to improve the representation of young people. The last time the education minister was a teacher was in 2005, the government don't understand what we need.
• Jake Dorman, west Norfolk
With a passion for debating and politics, and an aspiration to make Norfolk a better place for youth, I show confidence, devotion and compassion in what I believe in and I am ready to represent any viewpoints you as young people may have.