New Member of the Youth Parliament for South Tyneside

Posted by: Press Team on 20 March 2024 12:49

Hebburn student Lewis Hillis has been elected as South Tyneside's new Member for the Youth Parliament to represent the views of the Borough' s young people on a local and national level.

Lewis, a student of St Joseph's Catholic Academy, secured a massive 1,891 votes from secondary school students across the Borough. Yacub Ahmed was named his deputy.

 As a member of the UK Youth Parliament, Lewis will lead on campaigns, speak out on issues that matter to young people, take part in British Youth Council conventions and meetings and attend an event in the House of Commons.

Lewis, 15, describes himself as a 'dedicated leader who gives 100 per cent to everything.'

 Lewis Hillis is pictured in the foreground with his deputy Yacub Ahmed and Cllrs Adam Ellison and Jane Carter
Lewis Hillis is pictured in the foreground with his deputy Yacub Ahmed and Cllrs Adam Ellison and Jane Carter

He said: "I am delighted and honoured to be voted MYP of South Tyneside and I can't wait to get started. My priority is to make sure that your voices are heard and that everyone gets a fair voice in any issue, big or small. I want to work closely with the schools of South Tyneside, including my school St Joseph's, to ensure a difference is made."

Lewis will carry out the role of Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) for two years. During that time he will receive support from the Council, help with setting up meetings with councillors and support with public speaking.  

Councillor Jane Carter, Lead Member for Education and Skills, said: "Being elected MYP is a wonderful opportunity. I am certain Lewis will learn a whole raft of new skills and make valuable contacts for the future and find the role thoroughly rewarding."

Councillor Adam Ellison, Lead Member for Children and Families Social Care, added: "South Tyneside has a long tradition of electing outstanding MYPs who ensure that the voices of our young people are heard. With more than 5,000 votes cast in this election, it is clear our young people are quite rightly passionate about having their say and I'm sure Lewis will do a brilliant job in representing them."

Last modified: 17 April 2024 16:26