Meet the lads aiming to give young people a voice that counts
TWO up and coming politicians from Cheadle schools have outlined their plans after being elected onto the Staffordshire Youth Parliament.
Alex Ellis and Sam Hale will get the chance to have their say after winning seats.
Alex, from Cheadle High School, has been named as the member representing the Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Sam, who attends Painsley Catholic College, has been appointed deputy member.
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Alex, aged 15, says he is determined to make a difference to the youth of the area.
He said: "Making sure the young people have a voice and get their say is really important to me. That'll be one of my first priorities after being nominated onto the youth parliament.
"I think young people deserve a better social life and have more things to do at a cheaper cost.
"It feels great to be nominated and in a role where I feel I can influence things.
"I am extremely excited because the youth parliament has made a real difference over the years and I am hoping I can do the same.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported me and voted, it really does mean a lot to me."
Sam, who is also 15, said: "I'm pleased that I can represent my view and the views of the Staffordshire Moorlands at a higher level.
"I believe strongly in gaining the views of all people in a society, and so by putting forward the view of the youth, which will then be taken to a higher level, a decision reflecting everybody's needs can be achieved.
"One of my first priorities will be to gain the views of the youth in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
"I also think it'll be important to raise awareness of facilities and activities taking place in Cheadle.
"I'm certainly glad of the new opportunities available to me while on the youth parliament.
"I am very interested in how small decisions at high levels can influence many people and I enjoy debating, and putting my view across."
Councillor Eric Drinkwater, support member for Staffordshire Youth Service at Staffordshire County Council, said: "All the candidates worked extremely hard, campaigning for the issues important to them, and making sure their voices are heard.
"I wish to congratulate our new members of the youth parliament, their new deputies, and every young person who has taken part in this year's election."