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Scottish Youth Parliament Election 2015

Anyone 12 – 25 years old living in South Ayrshire can vote in the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament Elections from Monday 2 March at 9am until Thursday 12 March at 4pm.

Ayr constituency

Kirsty McCahill

Kirsty McCahill

I’m standing in the SYP elections as I have a passion for representing Ayr’s young people. I have 2 years’ experience behind me and I’m a friendly, approachable young person. I am passionate about equality and if elected I would work to help achieve a more equal society for all, regardless of any personal circumstance. No one deserves to be ostracised. I also hope to work towards gaining fair and accessible mental health support for those in need and to improve education on life-skills such as finance to ensure young people are best equipped for life after school.


Kai Green

Kai Green

My main issues are firstly, pupils must have more input to their schools, I feel that pupils should be part of making decisions; pupils should have access to a range of subjects. Secondly, I will be focusing on housing for young people. Many younger tenants are not taken on by landlords. I want to help change this and bring in new programmes to help with housing rights. Lastly. Bigotry is a big problem, a majority of it is passed off as “banter” or “just a laugh”, this is something that needs to stop.


Mark Thorburn

Mark Thorburn

The referendum saw thousands of young people engaged in politics and playing a major role in the campaign. I for one put loads of time and effort into campaigning, as well as many other peers. This proves that 16-17 year olds should be able to vote in general elections and I will do my best help that happen. Due to my enthusiasm, open mind and willingness to do good and allow everyone's voices to be heard, this is the reason why I am the best person for SYP in Ayr constituency. Thank you.


Scott McElvanney

Scott McElvanney

As your MSYP, I pledge to ensure all members of the LGBT community have the same opportunities and rights as everyone else, including minimising homophobia. Young carers have all the support and assistance they require and to ensure they have equal opportunities. To raise awareness of additional support needs in schools, particularly raising awareness of Dyslexia. These are some of my main policies, vote Scott McElvanney in March 2015!


Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency

Kate Fleming

Kate Fleming

My main aims are to raise awareness and increase education about mental health so that no young person ever has to struggle through mental illness alone and helping schools provide more individual help, particularly during exam time. I want to help provide a wider variety of sports in South Ayrshire, based on what you want. I want to help schools improve P.S.E lessons based on what pupils want to learn and I want to make sure that all young people should have easy access to information about what’s going on for them in the local area of Carrick Cumnock and Doon Valley.


Brody Wright

Brody Wright

I am Brody Wright in my fourth year at Queen Margaret Academy. I am proud of my Scottish heritage. I am an ordinary guy who is interested in making Scotland the best place for young people to live. I believe that our opinions and ideas are as important as any others. We are equal citizens who should be involved in making decisions which affect our lives. We have the right to have our ideas put across and to be taken just as seriously as anyone else. I would work really hard to get your ideas and the issues that matter most to you across.


Lewis Gray

Lewis Gray

I will campaign to create a back up fund for youth groups. This will make sure the groups can survive if they don’t receive funding. Help Young Carer centres get more funding and end the stigma surrounding mental health in young people. All of these I hope will create a better Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley for young people to live in. To show your support please remember to #VoteLewis in the run up to the elections in March.


Owain Bevan

Owain Bevan

I believe I would be a good MSYP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley because I provide a new voice for the parliament and I am committed to making the time to create positive change for Young people in Scotland. I have some experience in working with local councillors and MSP’s and I feel confident and comfortable working in this environment. As an MSYP I would try to introduce a homework cap which would prevent homework levels from becoming excessive, implement methods that would encourage employers to employ 14-18 year olds, create a student’s union for secondary school pupils which would act as a voice for pupils in schools and provide help to pupils who would like to stay on in secondary school but have family members to care for.


Codie Hodge

Codie Hodge

I intend to represent young people by being their voice. I aim to listen and do my best to try and make positive changes to benefit young people. I believe extra help should be given to young people with mental health issues (depression, self harm, etc) in schools and in their community. I believe that at least one senior pupil, or even a member of the SYP, should be present at an Education Committee meeting. Classes should be given in academies to educate pupils on how to handle finances and bills for the future.


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Last updated: 25 February 2016

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