Nominations open for Scottish Youth Parliament 2019 elections

Three young women stand in front of a banner promoting Scottish Borders Youth Voice

Published: Wednesday, 01st August 2018

Young people aged 14-25 interested in becoming a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) are being encouraged to register their interest for the elections due to take place in March 2019.

Scottish Youth Parliament 2019-21

The Scottish Young Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people. It is a young people's parliament, designed by young people and led by young people for the benefit of young people.

Members are committed to ensuring young people are heard by the decision makers of Scotland and are determined to campaign on the issues which matter most to Scotland's youth.

There are three elected representatives in the Scottish Borders serving as MYSPs. They are elected by their peer group and serve for a two year term.

They are supported by staff from Scottish Borders Youth Voice to attend three sittings of the SYP a year and to deliver and develop local and national campaigns. They can also sit as members or convenors of committee groups.

Registrations open 1 August - 31 October 

Anyone interested in standing for the 2019 election is being asked to register their interest:

Complete an expression of interest form

This can be done between Wednesday 1 August and Wednesday 31 October 2018. 

Applicants will then be invited to a meeting at the start of November 2018 where they will:

  • meet the current MSYPs
  • be helped to develop their candidate profile
  • plan their campaign.

Elections to be held 15-29 March 2019

Campaigning for the election will begin in January next year with the election itself being held between 15-29 March 2019.

The results will be announced at a declaration event on Friday 29 March at Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells.

Tanya Thomson, outgoing MSYP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

“The past year has been absolutely amazing and I am gutted to step down. I have made so many memories and new friends and couldn't have asked to work with more amazing people.”

Sanna Aziz, outgoing MSYP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

“Thank you for the opportunity to represent the young people of this constituency for a year at the Scottish Youth Parliament. It has been the most amazing year of my life, making sure that we the young people aren't forgotten.”

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“I would like to thank our outgoing MSYPs for all their hard work and commitment over the past year and wish them all the very best with their future careers.

“As they have said, being a MYSP is an extremely rewarding and worthwhile experience and I would encourage young people from across the Borders to follow their example and find out more about what they could achieve by taking part.

“All candidates are given full training by Scottish Borders Youth Voice to develop their skills and confidence, making them ready to run their campaign for the March elections. Once elected, MYSPs continue to be supported to carry out their responsibilities to the best of their ability.

“This really is an opportunity not to be missed and I look forward to seeing how the nominations progress and meeting the young people who are keen to be involved. It is particularly important in the Year of Young People that we make sure their voices are heard and the Youth Parliament is a vital platform for making this happen.”

More information

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Images from the elections held in 2017 are available on Flickr