Battle for youth vote in election

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SHEFFIELD youngsters are going to the polls to elect the city’s representatives in the UK Youth Parliament.

Polling, which closes today, has been taking place in secondary schools around Sheffield with 18 candidates standing.

Issues they have campaigned on range from unemployment to university tuition fees.

Current Sheffield Member of the Youth Parliament, Harrison Carter, told how serving in the role gives young people a voice among some of the UK’s top politicians.

He said: “In my first few weeks as an MYP I found myself at Number 10 Downing Street with then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.”

Sheffield Council cabinet member for children and young people, Coun Jackie Drayton, said: “It’s a great opportunity for young people to participate in the democratic process.”

Results of the elections will be revealed next week.