Nominations open for Scottish Youth Parliament elections

Young people from Shetland are being asked by the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) to stand up for what they believe in and make a difference in their communities by putting themselves forward as candidates in the March 2011 Youth Parliament elections.

The national organisation, which provides young people aged 14-25 a platform to represent young people across Scotland and an opportunity to influence politicians and formal decision makers, is looking for its next group of youth activists.

Anyone aged 14-25 will have the opportunity to either stand as a candidate in the elections, or vote in the upcoming elections.

For the first time the SYP will be bringing together all elections across Scotland into one nationwide process, from 14th-25th March, with the nomination system already launched in Shetland. Young people are asked to look out for the posters with details appearing in schools, youth clubs and public areas.

Tavish Scott MSP said: “I encourage young Shetlanders to make the islands’ case in the Scottish Youth Parliament. It’s vital that Shetland’s voice is heard and our islands have sent articulate young local people to make the case with great success. I hope we see an exciting local contest and I look forward to working with whoever successfully follows Nicole Moat after her highly effective term of office.”

Councillor Bill Manson, spokesman for education, children and young people, said: “A good slate of candidates is needed to ensure that young people in Shetland are able to choose the right people to represent them in the Scottish Youth Parliament. I urge any and all interested parties to put their names forward.”

Interested young people are being asked to go to or contact Martin Summers, local election co-ordinator, on to sign up to stand as a candidate in the elections. The nominations process will close in January 2011.


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  • Barry Illert

    • December 15th, 2010 11:09

    Shetland is not and never was part of Scotland . It is in temporary pawn to Scotland who are no more than holding it in trust till redeemed by Norway.They should wake up and form the Shetland Youth Parliament and advise Scotland that Shetland is independent and they are no more than trustees .
    Udal law should be tested if necessary in the World Court ,not in Scottish or English courts .
    Preserve your rightsbe before you are sucked into the multicultural global mess that is coming fast and is already in full swing in England ,France and Holland .
    Murders daiily ,rampant drug addistion ,and a hopeless future is happening in Europe already
    Preserve your assetts and fishing rights under Udal Law and not be dictated to by ECU ,Scotland or others who wish to preserve the Shetlands and Orkneys as an uninhabited wilderness for their rich to visit and enjoy .
    Scotland especially is trying to acquire the Shetlands illegaly by a slow creeping capture so you do not wake up .

  • Pauline Farmer

    • December 15th, 2010 13:48

    Well said, Mr Ilbert. The Shetland Isles have much more in common with their Scandinavian neighbours, especially Norway, than Scotland or the Sassenachs, of whom I am one. Preserve your unique culture and don’t slide into the multi-culti dictatorship that Western Europe has become, and even Sweden is in danger of becoming.

  • Emily Shaw

    • December 17th, 2010 18:29

    I would just like to say that to stand for the Youth Parliament is a fantastic thing to do, having attended many meetings myself. It is an extremely effective organisation and Shetland Youth Voice works very closely with Shetland’s representative in the Youth Parliament, meaning that local young people definitely have their say. I cannot wait for the election in 2011.


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