Youth election results announced as thousands cast their vote

Abbie Emery, Tara Blyth, John Strasenbugh, Laura Brown, Luke Shears, and Cassey Kinghorn.
Abbie Emery, Tara Blyth, John Strasenbugh, Laura Brown, Luke Shears, and Cassey Kinghorn.
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More than 6,000 young people voted this week to elect Youth Parliament representatives and new members of the Northumberland Youth Cabinet.

Tara Blyth and John Strasenburgh were successfully elected to Northumberland's Youth Parliament, while Tara, Laura Brown, Abbie Emery, Cassey Kinghorn and Luke Shears were chosen for Northumberland's Youth Cabinet.

This year's ballot saw the highest turnout of young people voting as polling took place at participating schools on Wednesday and the results were announced at County Hall on Thursday.

Leader of Northumberland County Council, Grant Davey, Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children's services, Civic Head Alan Sambrook and Coun Anthony Murray were present to hand out the awards.

Coun Arckless said: "We are proud to have so many young people that care deeply about the future of the county. I'd like to congratulate all the successful candidates and wish them every success as they take on important roles representing the county's young people.

"There was a really high turn-out at the polls which just goes to show how tuned in young people in Northumberland are and how much they care about where they live.

"The new members of the Cabinet and Parliament have got some great ideas and are all really passionate. I'm looking forward to working with them and I'm sure they'll achieve a great deal for young people in the county."

The new members will begin their two-year term on Monday, January 30, following detailed planning of their projects for the forthcoming year when they will be joined by the existing Youth Cabinet and Youth Parliament members.

Elections take place annually and any young person who is interested in standing in the future can email participation@northumberland.gov.uk for more information.