Election countdown kicked off; Young people urged to come forward to represent youth opinion as MSYP

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:23 GMT on Wednesday, 31st October 2012.

YOUNG people who are determined to make a difference, both to their local area and to national issues are being encouraged to stand for next year's Scottish Youth Parliament, as the next elections approach, ahead of March 2013.

As part of the pre-election preparations North Lanarkshire Council is looking to hear from young people who think they've got what it takes to become a candidate.

June Ford, Youth Development Officer, with North Lanarkshire Council, explains:"As long as you are aged between 14 and 25 (at 15th March 2013), live in Scotland and can demonstrate a passion and commitment, then there's nothing to stop you from taking up your chance to make your voice heard."

Registration closes on 7th December 2012 and a number of local information evenings have been arranged, with Cumbernauld’s evening being held at 7pm, in the Link Centre on Tuesday 13th November.

However, possible candidates have been warned; MSYP's are volunteers, although MSYPs will get support, training and some opportunities, for instance for past two years, North Lanarkshire MSYP's have been at Westminster Parliament in London and also been part of the Olympic Games Legacy.