Thousands vote in youth council poll

More than 21,000 youngsters have cast their votes to decide the line-up of the next Derbyshire Youth Council.

Results of Derbyshire County Council’s Big Vote elections have been announced after pupils cast their votes.

They chose which of the 147 candidate hopefuls will now take up a seat on the 50 member youth council.

The successful candidates will be youth council members for the next two years and will represent secondary schools, colleges, academies, special schools and children in care.

Coun Damien Greenhalgh, the county council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said it was fantastic to see so many youngsters getting involved - both by voting and standing for election.

He added: “The youth councillors will be getting involved in lots of decisions affecting young people so I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Youngsters aged 11 to 18 were able to canvass for a place on the youth council with the support from the county council’s staff, who arranged the elections.

The 50 new youth councillors will represent their school and be involved in their community through the local youth forum.

Two will serve on the Children’s Trust Board and four will serve on the UK Youth Parliament.

Candidates who were unsuccessful will join their district youth forums.

The list of elected youth councillors in Derbyshire can be viewed at