Swanage Middle School's Alania Lawton runs for Youth Parliament

Bournemouth Echo: Alania Lawton Alania Lawton

A SWANAGE Middle School pupil has been voted by her classmates to run for the 2013 UK Youth Parliament.

Alania Lawton, aged 12, will battle it out in the county elections, set for February 7, in the bid to become a Dorset representative in the Youth Parliament.

If successful, Alania will become one of the hundreds of MYPs who meet MPs, local councillors, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

Alania has already been busy putting together her manifesto, attending meetings and filming her election DVD.

She’s also spoken in assemblies at local schools to get her message across.

The three main points to Alania’s manifesto are to increase the number of cycling lanes locally, to secure brighter or increased street lighting and to provide more facilities for young people.

Alania said: “I am passionate about all these points and would love to be able to put them forward.

“I believe that listening to young people’s views is really important too and if elected, that is something that I would do.”

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1:28pm Sun 27 Jan 13

roguetrader666 says...

Nice to see a young person who believes in politics and democracy. The reality is, unfortunately, that the whole system is totally corrupt with big business pulling the strings while politicians line their pockets whilst following their own agenda. Give it a few more years and she'll either understand better, or have her own snout in the trough!
Nice to see a young person who believes in politics and democracy. The reality is, unfortunately, that the whole system is totally corrupt with big business pulling the strings while politicians line their pockets whilst following their own agenda. Give it a few more years and she'll either understand better, or have her own snout in the trough! roguetrader666

11:04pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Part number says...

Well done,Kids should be seen and heard many of whom in this country are suffering because of politicians and corruption. An example of this happening across the country is with millions being spent on some free schools and academies all other services are being cut to the bone or have disappeared (health,day care, police, armed services, local services local schools youth services etc.) ex politicians and officials are setting up companies to run them or as consultants and chosen construction firms are raking in the money whether the school is needed or not. There is even an investment journal published for those with money to invest to make a profit.
Well done,Kids should be seen and heard many of whom in this country are suffering because of politicians and corruption. An example of this happening across the country is with millions being spent on some free schools and academies all other services are being cut to the bone or have disappeared (health,day care, police, armed services, local services local schools youth services etc.) ex politicians and officials are setting up companies to run them or as consultants and chosen construction firms are raking in the money whether the school is needed or not. There is even an investment journal published for those with money to invest to make a profit. Part number

8:41pm Mon 28 Jan 13

purplepig says...

I can't believe the negative comments posted by some people here! We so often criticise our young people for making bad choices or doing nothing with their lives. Here is a young girl that is taking an interest in the future of the area that she lives in, and all you can do is mock! You are the ones who are outrageous!
Yes, the world of politics can be a corrupt place...so let's hope that the future generation of politicians can try to change that..or maybe we should try and stamp them down when they're young and teach them not to bother trying to make a difference.
Having the right to vote is such a precious thing - yet how many young adults choose not to because they don't understand what they're voting for or can't be bothered. Surely by getting children involved it will increase the likelihood of them playing a part in the future.
Enough of your negativity towards youngsters that want to make a difference - you should be ashamed of yourselves!!
I can't believe the negative comments posted by some people here! We so often criticise our young people for making bad choices or doing nothing with their lives. Here is a young girl that is taking an interest in the future of the area that she lives in, and all you can do is mock! You are the ones who are outrageous! Yes, the world of politics can be a corrupt place...so let's hope that the future generation of politicians can try to change that..or maybe we should try and stamp them down when they're young and teach them not to bother trying to make a difference. Having the right to vote is such a precious thing - yet how many young adults choose not to because they don't understand what they're voting for or can't be bothered. Surely by getting children involved it will increase the likelihood of them playing a part in the future. Enough of your negativity towards youngsters that want to make a difference - you should be ashamed of yourselves!! purplepig

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