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Redbridge youth MPs elected on promises to improve safety and career opportunities

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
1:16 PM

Two youth MPs have been elected to give young people in Redbridge a voice in national politics.

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Vera Okojie and Zara Zaman were voted in by students at secondary schools across the borough.

They will sit on the Redbridge Youth Council as well as in the UK Youth Parliament.

Vera’s manifesto included workshops to raise crime and safety awareness and more volunteering opportunities.

She said she was “ecstatic” to be elected, adding: “There will be plenty of opportunities for youth to be heard throughout my run as MYP.”

Zara Zaman wants more effective ways to help young people into careers and to publicise police initiatives.

“I am really excited to begin my journey as an MYP and work towards making a positive impact,” she said.

Their deputies are Muhammad Hassan and Sabah Mohammed.

The results of the election in February were announced at a Redbridge Council event last week.

Cllr Alan Weinberg, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Year after year I’m impressed by the passion, commitment and engagement by the borough’s young people.”

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