Candidates announced for the Hackney Youth Parliament elections 2010

The 32 candidates vying to become one of 20 elected members of the Hackney Youth Parliament have been announced, and the young people will now be canvassing for votes in the elections to be held in October.

Hackney Youth Parliament gives young people the platform to influence local policy and decision making, also the opportunity to use their passion and energy to represent the views of their peers on current issues.

From 11 to 15 October, thousands of local 11 to 19-year-olds will be flexing their democratic muscles in a bid to elect the 20 representatives to the borough-wide youth body.

The elections are the highlight of an exciting series of events to mark Local Democracy Week (13-19 October), an annual campaign to connect young people with their local council. Voting will take place at secondary schools and selected youth clubs across the borough between 11 and 14 October.

The successful candidates will be announced at the Youth Democracy Fair event at Hackney Town Hall on 15 October, which will offer a range of stalls, workshops and other activities to all secondary schools in the borough.

The Fair will also feature a special screening of the Youth Parliament documentary, Freedom and Choices: Hackney Youth Parliament Does US Democracy.

Anita Okopu, outgoing Secretary of Hackney Youth Parliament, said: “We have come a long way since we were elected in 2008. We have always championed the voice of young people in Hackney and we are really proud of that. To everyone up for election this year, good luck, work hard and be proud of who you are.”

The candidates contesting the coveted seats in this year’s elections represent Hackney’s four neighbourhood areas - Homerton, North East, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. Look out for them as they canvass for votes at schools, youth clubs and events in their areas in the weeks leading up to the elections.

Alan Wood, Corporate Director for Children’s Services, said: “Over the last two years, members of the Hackney Youth Parliament have worked hard to engage other young people and promote their right to have their voices heard, and they are to be congratulated for their achievements.

“I encourage as many young people as possible to take this opportunity to vote in the forthcoming elections, and help us to support all those who are prepared to take an active role in the decisions that ultimately benefit all Hackney’s residents.”

For more information, including the candidates’ manifestos that will also be available in a booklet to be distributed to schools and youth clubs, visit:; or contact the Youth Participation Team - Mandy Richards: 07527 385680; or Cat Garrett: 07527 385664;