Pupils in the corridors of power

The candidates for Northumberland Youth Parliament elections with (from left) Paddy Gascoigne (head of democratic services), Paul Moffat (corporate director of children's services), Councillor Lesley Rickerby (executive member for children's services), Kate Roe (deputy chief executive) and Steve Stewart (chief executive, Northumberland County Council).
The candidates for Northumberland Youth Parliament elections with (from left) Paddy Gascoigne (head of democratic services), Paul Moffat (corporate director of children's services), Councillor Lesley Rickerby (executive member for children's services), Kate Roe (deputy chief executive) and Steve Stewart (chief executive, Northumberland County Council).

HIGH school students have entered the realms of government after successful election showings.

Elections took place in 11 schools across Northumberland last month to appoint student representatives to the Youth Parliament and Northumberland Youth Cabinet.

Morpeth King Edward VI School (KEVI) pupil Simon Pickles was elected to the Youth Parliament alongside Callum Crozier of Prudhoe Community High School, while their deputies will be Bethany Taylor of Northumberland Church of England Academy and Finola Fitzpatrick of Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham.

There are five members of the county cabinet, including Bridget Donaldson of KEVI, Kevin Wilson of Ponteland High School and Ashley Davy of Northumberland Church of England Academy.

Also elected were Astley High School pupils Natasha Comber and John Paul Dickie.

All were elected unopposed as around 3,000 young people cast their votes.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Children and Young People Lesley Rickerby said: “I would like to congratulate all of the newly elected members of Northumberland’s Youth Cabinet and the Youth Parliament and wish them well in their new roles.

“It’s wonderful to see so many young people taking an interest in the issues that matter to Northumberland and their local communities. The high turnout of 3,000 young voters also reflects this community spirit.”

The new teams will take up their posts on February 6.