Cast your vote for Gloucestershire's youth MPs
It's nearly time for young people with an interest in issues affecting their friends to cast their vote for Gloucestershire's Youth MPs (MYPs).
Voting this year is online at www.ukypglos.co.uk between Monday 25th and Thursday 28th February. Young people need to register with an email address to vote.
This year there are 15 candidates standing across the county. There are seven young people in the Gloucester/ Forest constituency, six young people in the Cotswolds/ Stroud constituency and two young people in the Cheltenham/ Tewkesbury constituency.
Each of the candidates has submitted a 100 word address to let other young people know all about them and what they would do as an MYP. Many talk about issues like creating a positive image of young people and transport. You can read the candidates' addresses at www.ukypglos.co.uk .
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Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Everyone aged 11-18 is eligible to vote.
Election results will be announced online on Friday 1st March.
The candidate in each constituency who receives the most votes will become the MYP, the candidate who receives the second most votes will become the deputy MYP. Elected candidates will serve for two years and swap positions after a year, with the MYP becoming deputy after a year and vice versa.
Cllr Jackie Hall, Cabinet member for schools, education and skills, said: "As a female councillor I'm pleased to see so many young women putting themselves forward as candidates. There aren't enough women in politics and this is a great first step into politics."
Following the elections, the successful candidates will carry out their duties nationally and locally, working with youth forums and councils, local young people, councillors and MPs. They will also attend termly South West Youth Parliament meetings where they will represent the county's youth and take part in debates.