A budding politician is celebrating after being elected as Peterborough’s Youth MP for the next 12 months.
Emily Fisher (17) of The King’s School was elected to the role last week after gaining 3,131 votes - just over 5,000 youngsters at city schools voted.
Emily was confirmed as Youth MP during a special ceremony at Peterborough Town Hall, where the council’s chief executive Gillian Beasley confirmed the result.
Speaking to the PT, Emily said: “I was delighted to win and also a little surprised because the other candidates were very strong. I got involved because I’m interested in politics and I’m really looking forward to the challenges.”
Emily already has a number of aims she would like to achieve, including making work experience placements more accessible for students and she will be campaigning for discounted bus travel for youngsters aged between 11 and 18.
Emily added: “This would promote bus travel for many young people in the city which has several benefits, especially for the environment.”
During the ceremony, Michelle Nyoni (15) from Stanground Academy and Chirag Savania (17) of Voyager Academy were elected as Deputy Youth MPs.
The full results of the Youth MP election were: Kieran Cudbertson 1,619, Emily Fisher 3,131 (elected), Rebecca Hockley 1,382, Ifeoluwa Komolafe 1,112, Michelle Nyoni 1,923, Rosie Reynalds 1,577, Chirag Savania 2,090, Wdylan Williams 1,234.
Young people who want to get involved in local democracy in Peterborough can call Jenny Humphreys, youth engagement and participation officer at Peterborough City Council, on 07920 160044.