Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, is encouraging young people in Midlothian and East Lothian to stand in the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) elections. Being part of SYP gives young people the opportunity to represent the views of other young people in their area, and advocate for the issues that matter to them.
Mr Beattie said:
‘It’s clearer than ever that young people should have the right to participate in our democracy. Their futures are dependent on the choices made in our governing bodies.
‘I therefore strongly encourage any young person who is keen to represent their generation to stand for the Scottish Parliament.
‘Not only will they have the opportunity to participate democratically, they’ll also gain valuable experience and life skills that can’t be easily gained elsewhere.’