Tollbar Academy Students Have Their Say In Youth Elections

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Tollbar Academy Year 8 students, (l-r) Ebony Webster, Emma Besson, Charlotte Baker, Ethan Bennett, Ben Wells, Gabrielle Prados, Oliver Muggridge, Dylan Penfold and Eloise Crowder, queue up to vote in the Youth Parliament Elections.

Students from Tollbar Multi Academy Trust Academies have been casting their votes in the UK Youth Parliament Elections.

Two students from Tollbar Academy and one from Cleethorpes Academy are standing in the elections, which involve three teams of two. The results will be announced after the count on March 2 2017.

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Cllr Ros James, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, said: "I am delighted to see how many students are voting. It is important for young people to experience democracy. Tollbar and Cleethorpes Academies have been very supportive and given every student time to vote."

Pippa Curtin, from North East Lincolnshire Council, who run the elections locally, said: "The idea is to replicate adult elections to give students the experience of voting so that they can be involved in democracy. It also gives them a voice in Parliament."

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Tollbar Academy Year 8 students, Emma Besson and Ben Wells, cast their votes.

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