STOCKTON BOROUGH has a new Youth MP.

16 year old Maisy Best from Conyers School was elected to the UK’s Youth Parliament yesterday (Thursday 2 March).

More than 5000 pupils from ten of Stockton’s schools and colleges voted in the election.

Maisy Best secured 2061 votes and her Deputy is Alex Chorlton-Wilson, aged 13, from Northfield School who received 1341 votes.

The election followed the polling process used to elect national MPs, with secret ballots and a carefully controlled count.

Maisy Best and Alex Chorlton-Wilson will represent young people of Stockton Borough for the next two years.

Maisy said: “I’m really happy and proud to be representing the young people of the Borough.”

Alex said: “I’m delighted to have been voted in as deputy and now I’ll be able to help the community.”

Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “Congratulations to Maisy and Alex.

It is really important that young people engage with politics and have their voice heard.  I’m sure Maisy and Alex will do a superb job of sharing their peers’ views on a national level as well as campaigning for issues that matter most to them.”

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “All of the candidates have been first class and a credit both to themselves and their schools and I hope they have enjoyed the experience of standing in a formal election.

“It’s very important that we continue to engage and work with our children and young people in this way and I look forward to working with Maisy and Alex in the coming months.”

The other candidates who stood for election were Rachel Duffy (Egglescliffe School), Lucy Grogan (resident in Ingleby Barwick), George Guilfoyle (Ingleby Manor Free School), Will McCabe (Stockton Sixth Form College) and Alex Whitmore (Bede Sixth Form College).