Scottish Youth Parliament Chair says a lowered voting age must be part of new Scottish and UK devolution settlements

September 23rd, 2014

 Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

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Scottish Youth Parliament Chair says a lowered voting age must be part of new Scottish and UK devolution settlements

The Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Louise Cameron MSYP, has called on the political leaders of Scotland and the United Kingdom to include lowering the voting age to 16 as part a new devolution settlement for Scotland and the wider United Kingdom.

Speaking after the First Minister praised the level of engagement among 16 and 17 years old in the Scottish independence referendum, and a pledge from Ed Miliband at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, Cameron said that lowering the voting age must be part of any new agreed devolution settlement.

Cameron, an 18 year old from Moray and Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament said:

“The Scottish Youth Parliament and our partners have campaigned for the voting age to be lowered since the Scottish Parliament was established 15 years ago. When this was included in the Edinburgh Agreement, we accepted the opportunity to engage and inform young voters.

“The opportunity was also for the young people of Scotland to prove that they take the right to vote seriously and justify for it to be extended across all UK elections. With over 80% of young people registered to vote, young people have proven that we take our right to vote seriously, and we have earned an extension of the voting age to all elections.

“As Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, I know how engaged young people have been over the recent months. As an organisation, we have been working hard to remove any potential barriers to participation. Scotland’s young people have been on an amazing journey. The national discussion about the future of Scotland has captivated an entire generation of young people. We have an opportunity to harness this engagement and ensure it continues for future elections and I urge the Prime Minister and the UK Government to look to our experience in Scotland when considering a new devolution settlement for Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.”

The future of Scotland: the journey is only beginning

September 19th, 2014

The future of Scotland: the journey is only beginning

Youth Parliament Chair says the journey to deciding Scotland’s future begins now

Yesterday, we witnessed one the greatest acts of self-determination in history where our country went to the ballot box to decide the course of its own future.

There will be much analysis and discussion about the result, a lot of celebration, and a lot of disappointment. I don’t think anyone could say that this debate lacked passion. Instead of focusing on the outcome, and what has been achieved, I want to focus more on the process.

However, I think we need to cast our minds back to October 2012 to fully appreciate what has been achieved from the process. The Scottish Youth Parliament, along with other organisations successfully campaigned for 16 and 17 year olds to be able to vote for the first time in recent history. This presented both a huge opportunity, and a huge challenge.

It’s no secret that young people aged 18-24 have always been lowest age demographic to turn out to vote. This has always led©DN Anderson to all sorts of unsubstantiated remarks such as “young people just don’t care about politics.” From our work at the Scottish Youth Parliament, which primarily focuses on engaging young people in politics on the basis of issues rather than political parties, we knew that wasn’t true. Yet it was always quite tricky to disprove, until October 2012.

For the last two years, Scotland has been on the most amazing journey of political engagement and civic participation. There has the usual confrontational party political element as always, but I guess that is to be expected; both sides are trying to win a debate. However, what has been more prevalent and more important is how the people of Scotland, and civic society, have engaged in this debate which fundamentally has set our future course for generations to come. Many people who have never voted in their lives, or were once voters and have since become disillusioned, have become engaged or re-engaged over the last number of months. What is more impressive still is that the debate has turned into one of not just constitution, but of national identity, civic pride and self-determination.

As a young person, I have been absolutely astounded at the amount of effort that has gone in from schools, colleges and universities, youth groups and other civic and voluntary organisations, and the campaigns, to try and remove barriers to participation in this debate and actively engage young people, particularly those young people who face more challenging circumstances. I am proud that the Scottish Youth Parliament led the way in developing innovative ideas and methods to engage thousands of young people, in an impartial manner, pointing them to sources of information to help them make an informed decision for themselves.

The process and the level of participation, combined with extraordinary efforts to engage young people, is the real achievement from this referendum.

The task now is to build on this achievement. All of us, political parties, schools, colleges and universities, youth clubs, voluntary organisations etc have a responsibility to take the lessons, both positive and negative, and learn from them.

What have we learned? Well firstly, we know for certain that young people care about politics, certainly issue based politics. We know that young people want as much factual information as possible before they make their decision; they want to know how their vote will affect their everyday lives. This has been further supported by extensive social attitudes research undertaken by the University of Edinburgh. We know that young people appreciate politicians making a genuine and meaningful effort to speak to them directly to answer their questions. Finally, we know how valuable educational institutions, youth work facilities and other voluntary organisations throughout civic society can be in terms of starting the conversation with young people about politics, and why it’s important to vote. Surely this makes a compelling case for much more substantive, robust and consistent political and civic education as a key part of the curriculum.

In addition, this process has proved the case for extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds. Young people have shown that when political parties and politicians, when given a little nudge by organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament, meaningfully engage with them, on their terms, in their environment, providing honest answers to honest questions, then young people will turn out and make an informed decision for themselves at the ballot box

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on what has been achieved through this process, to harness all of the positive young voter engagement work that has taken place over the last two years to ensure Scotland’s young people have their voices heard. We all have a responsibility, so let’s work together and make it happen.

Youth Parliament Chair says the journey to deciding Scotland’s future begins now

September 19th, 2014

 

Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office 

  Friday 19th September

Youth Parliament Chair says the journey to deciding Scotland’s future begins now

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The Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Louise Cameron MSYP, has said that the real work for deciding Scotland’s future begins after the referendum.

The Scottish Youth Parliament has been working on a large scale young voter engagement project from January 2014.

Speaking after Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, Cameron, a first time voter herself, spoke of the significant amount of positive work that had gone in to engaging young voters, and of the need to harness this post-referendum in order to shape a new phase of devolved politics in Scotland.

Speaking after the announcement, she said:

“Many people will say that the announcement of the outcome of the referendum was a historic moment in Scottish history, but I think the real achievement of this referendum has been the process. For the last two years, Scotland has been on the most amazing journey of political engagement, civic participation and national discussion.

As a young person, I have been absolutely astounded at the amount of effort that has gone in from schools, youth groups and other civic and voluntary organisations, and the campaigns, to try and remove barriers to participation and actively engage young people, particularly those young people who face more challenging circumstances. I am proud that the Scottish Youth Parliament led the way in developing innovative ideas and methods to engage thousands of young people, in an impartial manner, pointing them to sources of information to help them make an informed decision for themselves.

The process, and the level, of participation combined with extraordinary efforts to engage young people is the real achievement of this referendum. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on what has been achieved through this process, to harness all of the positive young voter engagement work that has taken place over the last two years to ensure Scotland’s young people play a key role in shaping  the next phase of devolution in Scotland. The journey of building Scotland’s future begins now, and we all have a responsibility to ensure young people are at the heart of it.”

Louise Cameron MSYP: Young people must shape our future today, but the journey is only beginning

September 18th, 2014

Today, we will witness one the greatest acts of self-determination in history where our country will go to the ballot box to decide the course of its own future.

There will be much analysis and discussion about the result, a lot of celebration, and a lot of disappointment. I don’t think anyone could say that this debate lacked passion. However, instead of focusing on the outcome, and what it might be, I want to focus more on the process.

However, I think we need to cast our minds back to October 2012 to fully appreciate what has been achieved from the process. The Scottish Youth Parliament, along with other organisations successfully campaigned for 16 and 17 year olds to be able to vote for the first time in recent history. This presented both a huge opportunity, and a huge challenge.

It’s no secret that young people aged 18-24 have always been lowest age demographic to turn out to vote. This has always led to all sorts of unsubstantiated remarks such as “young people just don’t care about politics.” From our work at the Scottish Youth Parliament, which primarily focuses on engaging young people with politics on the basis of issues rather than political parties, we knew that wasn’t true. Yet it was always quite tricky to disprove, until October 2012.©DN Anderson

For the last two years, Scotland has been on the most amazing journey of political engagement and civic participation. There has the usual confrontational party political element as always, but I guess that is to be expected; both sides are trying to win a debate. However, what has been more prevalent and more important is how the people of Scotland, and civic society, have engaged in this debate which will fundamentally define our path for generations to come. Many people who have never voted in their lives, or were once voters and have since become disillusioned, have become engaged or re-engaged over the last number of months. What is more impressive still is that the debate has turned into one of not just constitution, but of national identity, civic pride and self-determination.

As a young person, I have been absolutely astounded at the amount of effort that has gone in from schools, colleges and universities, youth groups and other civic and voluntary organisations, and the campaigns, to try and remove barriers to participation in this debate and actively engage young people, particularly those young people who face more challenging circumstances.

I am proud that the Scottish Youth Parliament has led the way in developing innovative ideas and methods to engage thousands of young people, in an impartial manner, pointing them to sources of information to help them make an informed decision for themselves. As an organisation, we have been out and about in schools, youth clubs, colleges and universities and city centres all over Scotland speaking to thousands of young people about why it’s important to vote.

The process and the level of participation, combined with extraordinary efforts to engage young people, is the real achievement from this referendum.

The task now is to build on this achievement. All of us have a responsibility to take the lessons, both positive and negative, and learn from them.

However, turning back to the vote itself, I want to encourage all young people to ensure that, regardless of their view, they turn out and vote. Historically, big decisions made by Governments and political parties have tended to disproportionally take into account the views of other demographics at the expense of young people. This is because those sections of society vote. If we want to have a say, if we want to be able to shape the future of our country, we must get out and vote.

In addition, there is a lot at stake. The Scottish Youth Parliament has long fought for the lowering of the voting age to 16. This has been an incredibly effective tool for engaging with young people for the referendum, as schools and colleges provide an invaluable forum in terms of accessibility. We want the voting age to continue to be 16 for all future elections. The eyes of the world are on Scotland, and the lowered voting age has been one of the most interesting topics for discussion. We have an opportunity to prove that when 16 and 17 year olds are given the right to vote, they will use it. If turn out is high, we have a mandate to secure the right for 16 and 17 year olds to vote in all future elections.

 
We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on what has been achieved through this process, to harness all of the positive young voter engagement work that has taken place over the last two years to ensure Scotland’s young people have their voices heard, as well as secure the right to vote for 16 and 17 year olds for all future elections. We all have a responsibility, so let’s work together and make it happen.

 

Youth Parliament Chair urges young people to get out and vote

September 17th, 2014

Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office

Wednesday 17th September

Youth Parliament Chair urges young people to get out and vote

 

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The Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Louise Cameron MSYP, has urged all young people to ensure they use their vote in the forthcoming referendum and that, regardless of the result, the real achievement of the referendum has been the process of engagement.

 

The Scottish Youth Parliament has been working on a large scale young voter engagement project from January 2014.

 

Speaking ahead the referendum, Cameron, only voting for the second time after the European elections in May, spoke of the significant amount of positive work that had gone in to engaging young voters, and of the need to harness this post-referendum in order to ensure the current efforts to engage young people continue for future elections.

 

Speaking ahead of the referendum, she said:

 

“Through this referendum hundreds of thousands of young people across Scotland will participate in a historic moment of self-determination where we will have our say about the future of our country. I would urge every young person to make sure they participate in this pivotal moment in Scottish history by voting.

 

This is the first time that 16 and 17 year olds are able to vote in a Scottish election. We have a responsibility to show that we take this right very seriously so as to ensure it is extended to all future elections.

 

For the last two years, Scotland has been on the most amazing journey of political engagement and civic participation. As a young person, I have been absolutely astounded at the amount of effort that has gone in from schools, colleges and universities, youth groups and other civic and voluntary organisations and the campaigns, to try and remove barriers to participation and actively engage young people, particularly those young people who face more challenging circumstances. I am proud that the Scottish Youth Parliament led the way in developing innovative ideas and methods to engage thousands of young people, in an impartial manner, pointing them to sources of information to help them make an informed decision for themselves.

 

The process and the level of participation, combined with extraordinary efforts to engage young people, is the real achievement of this referendum. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on what has been achieved through this process, to harness all of the positive young voter engagement work that has taken place over the last two years to ensure Scotland’s young people have their voices heard. We all have a responsibility, so let’s work together and make it happen.”

 

 

Notes

1. All media enquiries to Stephanie Brown, Communications Officer, 07753 410676/ 0131 524 0818, stephanie.b@syp.org.uk
2. The Scottish Youth Parliament is democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people.

 

@JLindenMSYP: Young people need to have their say in #Indyref!

September 8th, 2014

1,180,800 SECONDS
19,680 MINUTES
328 HOURS
13 DAYS 16 HOURS

18th September 2014

Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days.

One Date with Destiny.

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum

At the time of writing this blog, this was how long it was until the polls opened on arguably one of the most important days not only in the lives of those living in Scotland, but for Scotland itself.

Following on from a successful Ready, Steady, Vote Week, convened by the Scottish Youth Parliament in partnership with other organisations, during which we promoted the registration of young people, it is now the time to make the case -or rather continue to make the case – for young people to get out and vote.

With the announcement that 80% of young people aged 16 and 17 now registered to vote in the referendum, it is even more crucial that everyone – organisations, politicians, MSYPs and fellow young people – encourage their fellow young Scots to cast their vote.

The next big TV referendum debate for young people, held at the Hydro in Glasgow through the BBC, is looming. This could be one of the last opportunities to engage directly with the campaigns at a national level.Jordan Linden MSYP

Over the past months, MSYPs have worked across the country engaging young people in discussions around voting, the referendum, and politics (with a small p) through our national youth engagement programme.

This piece of work allowed MSYPs and others the opportunity to discuss how to vote and types of voting (e.g. postal, proxy) with young people. This also provided a platform for young people to contribute their views and ideas inspiring debate and discussion.

I believe that these sessions have set the tone for the whole debate amongst young people. The referendum has kick-started an even greater interest in politics in general, politics in Scotland, and democracy at large.

This referendum is not only historic in that it gives the people of Scotland the opportunity to give their views on the question, “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” but it also is historic in that it is the first time that young people in Scotland aged 16 and 17 have had the opportunity to take part in the democratic process.

Having been involved with Ready, Steady, Vote Week, having been involved with SYP’s wider young voter engagement work, and in going about my duties as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, I hear first-hand the passion that young people have for the debate going on here in Scotland. Even more importantly, I hear the passion they have in being involved in the referendum and casting their vote for the future of Scotland on 18th September. If we want to continue to make the case for Votes at 16 in future elections, we need to prove that when we have the opportunity, we will take it.

If I had one message for my fellow young Scots, it would be that this is our opportunity to shape our country’s future, and we should grab it with both hands.

 

Research Finds Scotland’s Young Carers are Continually Facing Financial Hardship

August 28th, 2014

Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office

Research Finds Scotland’s Young Carers are Continually Facing Financial Hardship

The Scottish Youth Parliament has published a research report exploring the challenging financial circumstances facing Scotland’s young carers, as well as the impact of caring responsibilities on their opportunities in education, social development, and emotional wellbeing.

The findings of the research report, ‘A Costly Youth: The impact of caring on young people in Scotland,’highlights concerning levels of anxiety and pressure. Many young people with caring responsibilities feel like their future opportunities and emotional wellbeing are compromised as a result of serious financial pressures. Financial concerns have been found to have a very direct and negative impact on the majority of respondents’ further and higher education experience.

Many of Scotland’s young people who have caring responsibilities are unable to access the same opportunities as their peers, and as a result of financial circumstances, are facing a standard of living crisis.

Speaking about the publication of the research, Louise Cameron, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said:

“I am delighted that the Scottish Youth Parliament has conducted and published this youth-led research that highlights the hardship and daily challenges Scotland’s young carers are facing.

“Although modest in scale, this research seeks to highlight serious gaps in information about young carers. I hope the findings of this report will prompt wider discussions with Government, local authorities, and the wider third sector about how we address these issues together.

“There is a significant lack of recognition and awareness of the challenges facing those with caring responsibilities. Specifically, more needs to be done to address the needs of Scotland’s young adult carers, whose struggles too often go unnoticed.”

Lauren King, a young carer and Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw, said:

“As a young carer myself, I have to balance caring, attending university, and doing part-time work to make ends meet. It is extremely difficult when your financial situation dictates that a part-time job must be your priority. Young carers like myself always have to compromise.

“These struggles are very often underestimated and the extent of their impact deserves much more visibility and recognition than is currently given. It is time that a real and lasting change is made to get a fairer deal for young carers.”

Louise Morgan from the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance and Carers Trust said:

“We are delighted that the Scottish Youth Parliament conducted this research and we welcome the publication of this report.  Not only does it highlight the financial hardship which young carers face, but also demonstrates the cost in terms of compromising their education and development.

“Our Alliance of young carers services supports over 4,000 young carers.  We hope that bringing these issues to the fore will encourage decision makers to make better provision for young carers, so that they can make the best of their education and their lives outside of caring.”

You can find a copy of the full report and Executive Summary here.

Research Finds Scotland’s Young Carers are Continually Facing Financial Hardship

August 28th, 2014

Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office

Research Finds Scotland’s Young Carers are Continually Facing Financial Hardship

 

Lauren and Ryan

The Scottish Youth Parliament has published a research report exploring the challenging financial circumstances facing Scotland’s young carers, as well as the impact of caring responsibilities on their opportunities in education, social development, and emotional wellbeing.

The findings of the research report, ‘A Costly Youth: The Impact of Caring on Young People in Scotland,’ highlights concerning levels of anxiety and pressure. Many young people with caring responsibilities feel like their future opportunities and emotional wellbeing are compromised as a result of serious financial pressures. Financial concerns have been found to have a very direct and negative impact on the majority of respondents’ further and higher education experience.

Many of Scotland’s young people who have caring responsibilities are unable to access the same opportunities as their peers, and as a result of financial circumstances, are facing a standard of living crisis.

Speaking about the publication of the research, Louise Cameron, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said:

“I am delighted that the Scottish Youth Parliament has conducted and published this youth-led research that highlights the hardship and daily challenges Scotland’s young carers are facing.

“Although modest in scale, this research seeks to highlight serious gaps in information about young carers. I hope the findings of this report will prompt wider discussions with Government, local authorities, and the wider third sector about how we address these issues together.

“There is a significant lack of recognition and awareness of the challenges facing those with caring responsibilities. Specifically, more needs to be done to address the needs of Scotland’s young adult carers, whose struggles too often go unnoticed.”

Lauren King, a young carer and Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw, said:

“As a young carer myself, I have to balance caring, attending university, and doing part-time work to make ends meet. It is extremely difficult when your financial situation dictates that a part-time job must be your priority. Young carers like myself always have to compromise.

“These struggles are very often underestimated and the extent of their impact deserves much more visibility and recognition than is currently given. It is time that a real and lasting change is made to get a fairer deal for young carers.”

Louise Morgan from the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance and Carers Trust said:

“We are delighted that the Scottish Youth Parliament conducted this research and we welcome the publication of this report.  Not only does it highlight the financial hardship which young carers face, but also demonstrates the cost in terms of compromising their education and development.

“Our Alliance of young carers services supports over 4,000 young carers.  We hope that bringing these issues to the fore will encourage decision makers to make better provision for young carers, so that they can make the best of their education and their lives outside of caring.”

Youth organisations launch dedicated young voter week

August 16th, 2014

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Youth organisations launch dedicated young voter week

A group of organisations who work with young people in Scotland has launched a week of action devoted to encouraging young people to register to vote for the referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future. Every day throughout the week will be dedicated to ensuring Scotland’s young people are empowered and ready to have their say.

The group, convened by the Scottish Youth Parliament in January 2014, includes a range of organisations which have adopted a neutral stance on the referendum, across the voluntary, youth work and educational sectors, as well as both campaigns and the Electoral Commission. The aim of the group was to consider ways to encourage collaboration and joint working in relation to young voter engagement and registration in advance of the referendum.

Ready, Steady, Vote Week, a product of the group, is a dedicated week, primarily co-ordinated through online, digital media and social media, to raise awareness about the importance of voting with young people.

Speaking ahead of the launch of Ready, Steady, Vote Week on Saturday, Louise Cameron MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament said:

“I feel that it is very important that young people use their right to vote. It is important that we have our say about issues that affect us as young people, especially in such a major decision like the future of our country. The point of Ready, Steady, Vote Week is to raise awareness of the importance of voting with young people, and to point them to sources of impartial information about voter registration and other issues so as they can make an informed decision for themselves.”

Also speaking ahead of the launch, Gordon Maloney, President of the National Union of Students in Scotland said:

“Over the past two years, we’ve seen amazing work from students’ associations across Scotland in helping facilitate discussion and debate among their members over how education, housing and other issues will be effected by the outcome of the referendum vote.

“Ready, Steady, Vote week will mark the beginning of a final push to get students and young people registered to vote in Scotland. With two weeks to go before the September 2 registration deadline, it’s more important than ever that we ensure that students and young people are able to take part in the most important decision faced by Scotland in the past 300 years.

“By asking students and young people to encourage their friends to register,  NUS Scotland, SYP and other participating organisations in Ready, Steady, Vote Week will help allow all sides of the debate, and Scotland as a whole, to know the impact of students and young people in determining Scotland’s future.”

Vice Chair Update July 2014 – Terri Smith MSYP

August 7th, 2014

Terri Smith MSYPHello fellow MSYPs, I’m excited to be sending out my very first Vice Chair update. I would just like to start off by saying a massive thank you for allowing me to stand and address you all in my candidacy speech, and of course for electing me as your Vice Chair- it’s going to be a fantastic year ahead.

Since SYP54 in Shetland, I’ve been gradually getting used to my new role and learning something new every day. On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd July, your new Board Members met together for the very first time to take part in Board training. It was a fantastic two days of learning more about SYP and the roles of the wonderful staff team, as well as a fantastic opportunity to bond together as a group and discuss the key things we would like to achieve this year. As Trustees, we were all assigned with our portfolios for the year, which are as follows:

  • Louise Cameron MSYP, Chair – No specific portfolio – overall responsibility for organisation.
  • Terri Smith MSYP, Vice Chair – Responsible for UK & International work and joint responsibility for communications in addition to other duties.
  • David McLaughlin MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Public Affairs and the Procedures Group.
  • Rachael McCully MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Youth Engagement.
  • Sian Hughes MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Local Authorities & Voluntary Organisations.
  • David Stewart MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Projects.

While July has been a busy month, it has also been was used to recover from Shetland and settle into our new roles. I hope this time next month there will be even more exciting news around what I’ve been doing as Vice Chair.

Locally

Locally, I have started to collate the data from my local consultation on, “if you had one wish for the local area what would it be?” This was exciting as it allowed me to initiate discussion with so many young people about what matters to them the most. I also ran ten different engagement sessions locally and finally hit my personal target of registering over 100 young people to vote.

July was a fantastic month for me locally and young people were really at the forefront of the work I’ve been taking on. Therefore, I would like to take a moment to thank all of my constituents for their continued support.

Terri’s Corner

I’d like to introduce this section with my personal favourite inspirational quote – “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Remember to laugh…

Thank you for all the jokes which have been submitted to me. There were some real ‘belters’, but I have chosen the ones that made me laugh the most. Thumbs up to the following MSYPs and I hope they make you laugh like me.

  • Mason Rowan MSYP – A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm. “Pint please”, he asks, “And one for the road.”
  • Chris Smith MSYP – “What do you call a dead parrot?” – Polygone
  • Grant Macleod MSYP – “Two TV aerials met on the roof and fell in love. The wedding was terrible, but the reception was great.”
  • Jordan Linden MSYP – “Why are seagulls called seagulls? Because if they landed on the bay, they’d be bagels?”

Shoutouts

Once again, there has been some incredible work going on over the last month and I would like to give a quick mention to the following MSYPs for their efforts:

  • Louise Cameron MSYP –  not only was Louise elected as our Chair but she made the entire organisation feel incredibly proud when she sang at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
  • Jamie MacLeod MSYP and Martyna Napierskaa MSYP both attended the UKYP Sitting in Lancaster representing the young people of Scotland.
  • Nairn McDonald MSYP was successfully elected as the Conveners’ Representative on the Board.
  • Struan King MSYP and Robbie Nicoll MSYP presented a successful Members Motion on PSHE at SYP54.
  • Nicola Bruley MSYP presented a successful Members Motion on banning smoking in cars with children at SYP54.

Those are just some of the incredible things MSYPs have been up to over the last month.

Keep up the fantastic work

I would finally just like to say a massive well done to all the MSYPs who have volunteered at Glasgow 2014, well done to all the new Conveners and Deputy Conveners, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and anyone who has volunteered their time and effort in the last month.

That’s all from me for the lovely month of July. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer holidays and as always, any questions, queries or comments, feel free to get in contact with me.

Terri Smith MSYP

Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament