Andrew tops poll

YOUNG Brechiner Andrew Laurie enjoyed a significant result in the North Angus and Mearns constituency, for the Youth Parliament once results had been counted.

Andrew actually polled a 60 per cent share of the vote.

The results in the Angus North & Mearns Constituency were as follows:- Andrew Laurie, Brechin, 306 - elected.Ronan Valentine, Montrose, 109; Leigh Douglas, Forfar, 31. Total votes cast - 449.

Last week’s election means three young people from Angus have been elected to serve in the Scottish Youth Parliament. Dougie Inglis, Monifieth and Robbie Cargill, Arbroath will represent Angus South, and Andrew Laurie, Brechin has been elected to the Angus North and Mearns constitiuency.

Voting took take place in all Angus secondary schools, all Angus Council community learning and development bases and in Angus College.

Voting was open to all 12 to 25 year olds and young people were given the chance to vote by the alternative vote system.

Angus Council area is split into two constituencies - Angus South and the new Angus North & Mearns - to mirror the Scottish Parliament constituencies. Unlike the Scottish Parliament, the Youth Parliament allows two young people to represent their constituency, therefore two of the candidates were successful in the Angus South seat. As the Angus North seat is shared with Aberdeenshire Council area, only one candidate was elected from the Angus area and the other from Aberdeenshire area.