Holyrood for Youth Parliament
Monklands’members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) headed to Holyrood to take part in the organisation’s latest sitting.
Airdrie & Shotts representatives Chris Costello and Sarah Quinn were joined by Coatbridge & Chryston counterparts Jack Campbell and Ryan Kelly for the two-day business event.
The Coatbridge duo both had successful motions accepted, respectively noting the importantance of the social mobility fund and the price of school meals; while local members also spoke on behalf of their constituents on the issue of council funding.
Debates took place in the main chamber at Holyrood and were chaired by the parliament’s presiding officer, Ken McIntosh MSP.
Youth representatives also broke into specialist committees, including health, equalities and jobs, and spoke with members of the equivalent Scottish Parliament bodies.
Airdrie MSYP Chris said:“I asked if two places on the education committee could be given to MSYPs on an informal basis so that we can listen to MSPs and put forward the views of young people, which was accepted by convener James Dornan MSP.
“We consulted heavily and were delighted to be able to speak on behalf of our constituents and have the chance to debate in the chamber.”