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A Year 11 student has been elected as a deputy member of Plymouth's Youth Parliament.

 

Libby Richards was elected after a record number of young people turned out to vote over two weeks in February in the city’s UK Youth Parliament elections.

A total of 6,644 young people voted, which is the highest ever number of voters in a Plymouth UK Youth Parliament election.

“I feel so honoured to be elected as a deputy Member of Youth Parliament," said Libby.

"I can’t wait to spend more time with all of the elected members. It’s going to be a great year.”

Libby has been involved with the youth parliament for the past three years.

 "I have helped other people with their campaigns before and seen them get elected so it was strange to be campaigning for myself but I really enjoyed it.

"The Year 11 team have been very supportive of me and  helped me with the assemblies I've done across the school, telling students about the Youth Parliament and how they can be involved."

Libby campaigned on the issue of A Curriculum for Life – Personal, Social and Health Education lessons known as PSHE, that include topics such as how to manage finances, the political system, what a mortgage actually is and sustainable living.

"I think it's really important for young people to be involved in politics," said Libby.

"It's their future and they need to learn how to shape it and to make sure their voices are heard."

 

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