The Island has a new Youth Council and Youth MP, supported by the Isle of Wight Council.
Elections — which included hustings and campaigning in schools around the Island — resulted in 18 young people, aged between 11 and 18, elected to the Isle of Wight Youth Council (IWYC) that sits once a month.
The Island’s new Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) is Isaac Lethbridge, from Sandown, and his deputy is Benson Hardy, from Wootton. Both also sit on the IWYC and represent the views of young people on the Island as part of the national youth parliament, operated by the British Youth Council.
“It was a great campaign and fantastic to see just how interested and involved young people across the Island became.
“I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who supported me in achieving this amazing opportunity, and I look forward to working hard over these next two years to ensure everyone feels they have a voice.
“I hope you’ll join me in making the Isle the Wight a great place to learn and live for everyone.”
At the inaugural meeting of the new youth council, Owen Buchan was elected chair and India Dale deputy.
Departing chair, Tom Jackson, who is now concentrating on his studies, said:
“A lot has changed over my term of office and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved.
“Two years ago, the youth council and youth MP were relatively under the radar and many were unaware of their existence.
“After putting a lot of hard work in, I hope that has now changed. As a group, we hope people now know what the youth council is, what it can do and what it stands for.”