Youth parliament elections heat up

James Yates is standing for election for Angus North and Mearns in the Scottish Youth Parliament.
James Yates is standing for election for Angus North and Mearns in the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Another Brechin High School pupil hopes to be elected as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Angus North and Mearns in the upcoming elections.

James Yates, who is 15-years-old, is currently in the final year of his Standard Grade course at Brechin High School.

The teen has said that he likes to “keep up-to-date with what’s happening around Scotland and the rest of the world and regularly follow the news.”

James is interested in music and plays the Bass guitar and the tenor saxophone.

Discussing the reasons he should be voted in, James said: “The role of an MSYP is to represent the opinions of young people of a specific county, in my own and your case Angus, and bring them to the Scottish Youth Parliament in Edinburgh to debate on these opinions and issues.

“I intend to become a representative of North Angus and become an MSYP for the county and Scotland.

“I would bring forward Angus’ young people issues such as the cost of living when a young person has left education; the treatment of pupils when entering a shop, the amount allowed to enter; the cost of transport for young people, bus and train tickets.”

James also explained that the rest of the issues he would fight for would be up to the people he hopes to represent. He added: “Remember your representative has to know these issues to bring the issues forward.”

James further discussed the traits he believes are necessary to become an MSYP. He commented: “In order to become an MSYP you must have many qualities, you must be intelligent, creative and unbiased all of which I am. And I can tell you, I am more than comfortable when it comes to talking in front of a crowd and would be more then happy giving speeches and talking to the other SYP representatives.

“This year the SYP will be working on the ‘One Fair Wage’ campaign where we will try and increase the amount people are paid to the Scottish minimum living wage at £7.20. This will help us all in the future, and will help decrease poverty across Scotland.

“If I am elected, I will do my best to help provide a better future for Angus and its community of young people. And I promise that I will put my county and its community’s intentions above my own and to think about the country and its young people.”

Voting in Brechin will take place during the week beginning March 4 at Brechin High School, for all S1 to S6 pupils during their form classes.

For those aged 16 and over (and not in school) up to the age of 25 years, you can vote on March 4 at the Damacre Centre between 5 and 6 p.m.