Oliver Faragher, aged 13 was thrilled to hear this month that he had been democratically elected to represent young people in our country working as part of the Youth MPs team.
Given the opportunity to stand as a candidate by Shoreham College, Oliver submitted a confident manifesto focusing on education. A volunteer with St John’s Ambulance and a part of the ‘Dive for Debris' project as a PADI scuba diver, he has been volunteering to assist with projects a long time before his election. Alongside his keen interest in politics, (he challenged a local MP about Child Benefit in 2014) and winning his first election at 11, Oliver contributes a great deal to the local community making him an ideal representative for our young people, stating "I will challenge anyone, on anything that the constituents feel important."
Everyone at Shoreham College is very proud of Oliver who is looking forward to his first meeting with the Youth Parliament next week. We wish him luck and are confident that he will work hard for his constituents. This is just the start of what we hope will be a long and rewarding political career.
About Youth Parliament
The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11-18-year-olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning. There are 4 Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) seats matching the constituencies of the UK Parliament that elect young people from all communities in West Sussex. Over the past few years, MYPs have met with decision makers about issues young people care about, consulted thousands of young people and represented Northern Ireland in the House of Commons Sitting. Find out more www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk