Forfar pupil wins a seat in Parliament

MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH YOUTH PARLIAMENT: Representing Angus South are Emma Farquhar, left; Colleen Brown, centre and Eilidh Collins who is representing Angus North.'photosonlocation.co.uk

MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH YOUTH PARLIAMENT: Representing Angus South are Emma Farquhar, left; Colleen Brown, centre and Eilidh Collins who is representing Angus North.'photosonlocation.co.uk

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A FORFAR Academy pupil has fought off the competition to be elected to the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Eilidh Collins was the successful candidate for the north seat following the elections held earlier this month.

An ballot was held as there were four candidates standing for two seats. Eilidh, from Letham, was chosen over Liam Mowatt, Montrose, and Douglas Johnston and James Yates, both from Brechin.

As the Angus North seat is shared with Aberdeenshire Council area, only one candidate would be elected from the Angus area and the other from Aberdeenshire area.

Elsewhere in the county, the candidates for Angus South were Colleen Brown, Arbroath and Emma Farquhar, Carnoustie, who were elected unopposed as only two candidates stood for election.

Unlike the Scottish Parliament, the Youth Parliament allows two young people to represent their constituency, therefore both of the candidates were successful in the Angus South seat.

The three successful candidates will now attend induction training for three months, to prepare them for their role before they attend their first sitting of the Parliament in June.

The Angus candidates are supported during their term as members of the Scottish Youth Parliament by members of staff in the Community Learning and Development youth team in Montrose Road Centre in Forfar.