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UTC Reading student elected as local Youth MP

Year 11 student Humayan Tufail has been elected as a Member of the Reading Youth Parliament.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected annually in every part of the UK. Once elected MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

After putting himself forward, Humayan had to write on a ballot paper what he aimed to accomplish in his first year of being a Youth MP. About 25 young people put themselves forward and 16 were elected by local students.

Humayan’s main concerns are the environment and mental health, which were his main focus for the election.

Humayan commented: “During the US election, we got involved at school by having our own election for President and I got really interested in politics. I am now interested in going into politics in my career, so this experience will be really useful for me.

“The next step is elections for specific roles including Chair, Vice Chair, Relations Manager and more. I am most interested in becoming Young Mayor as I would then get to go and do a speech in the House of Commons, which is very exciting.”

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