The Bolton Youth MP Elections Results ceremony took place on Tuesday 10 April in the Council Chamber at Bolton Town Hall; 10 candidates aged 13 to 16 from schools across Bolton stood for the UK Youth Parliament.

After months of campaigning and balloting Ella Tinniswood, aged 13, from Westhoughton, and Jonathan Owen, aged 15, from Hall i'th' Wood were declared the new Bolton Youth MPs, after securing 3,095 and 3,091 votes respectively.

They will be deputised by Molly McDermott from Bolton St Catherine’s Academy and Nat Entwistle from Thornleigh Salesian College, as outgoing Bolton Youth MPs Jonathan Wright and Jaya Patel, who would usually take up the roles, head off to university.

Ella, a pupil at Westhoughton High School, said: "I really wasn't expecting this because all the candidates are so great and anyone who ran would have done a great job. I'm so grateful to anyone who voted for me and for all the support I have received from my parents and every one at the council. I'm definitely looking forward to the role. It will be hard work, but I'm really looking forward to working with all the Youth MPs."

Jonathan, a pupil at Thornleigh Salesian College, added: "I'm really pleased that young people all over Bolton have chosen me. I would like to thank all my friends and peers who have supported me and helped me, and my family who have given me the confidence and encouraged me to pursue anything I want. Thank you to the young people of Bolton who I'm going to do my utmost to represent at a local, regional and national level."

The turnout for the election was 20,883, soundly beating last year's record by over 10 per cent. Ballots, placed in participating schools across the town, ran from the beginning of March until the 28, continuing online until April 3.

Over the course of the election cycle candidates took their manifestos out in to Bolton streets, Youth Centre’s and schools including Ladybridge High School, St James’ High School and Smithills High School. Schools with an amazing turnout who were not directly linked to candidates were Ladybridge High School , Essa Academy, Rivington and Blackrod High School and Eden Boys School.

As part of their new roles the Youth MPs will be responsible for finding out the concerns, interests and needs of other young people in Bolton, and discuss these at local, regional and national levels. The will also meet with MPs, councillors, and key decision makers, attend regional meetings and sit with the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons once a year.

What is UK Youth Parliament?

The UK Youth Parliament is run by young people for young people. Over 600 candidates from around the UK take issues raised at local meetings to local and national government to make positive changes.

Young people get to choose who is in Youth Parliament by voting in this election.

What does a Youth MP do?

Once elected a Youth MP will find out the concerns, interests and needs of other young people in Bolton and then discuss these on a local, regional and national level. Youth MPs meet Councillors, MPs and other key decision makers to take forward issues of local importance.

They will also attend regional meetings and meet with the UK Youth Parliament once a year.

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