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A Durham High School pupil is celebrating her election to the Youth Parliament.

The UK Youth Parliament is the key outlet for young people to express their views on the issues that matter most to them. The newly elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and their Deputies (DMYPs) meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates, and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

Chloe Starbuck, in Year 11, is “thrilled” to have been voted by her peers to be one of the representatives for County Durham for 2024-2026.

As part of her manifesto, Chloe aims to raise awareness and campaign for three key areas:

  • Cost of living crisis“I am keen to hear how the cost of living crisis is affecting you, and I am eager to support young people through it. This includes ensuring young people have access to free sanitary products in school and a good standard of meals.” 
  • Mental health “3 in 4 young people experiencing mental health problems aren’t receiving the care they need and deserve. If elected, I will raise awareness of mental health issues and provide support for young people.” 
  • Spaces for young people“I intend to improve spaces for all young people to socialise, learn and develop skills, for example, music and art.”

Chloe said: “I am so grateful for all of the support I have received so far and I am thrilled that I am now able to represent the young people of County Durham on a national level, to make our voices heard.”

“I am so excited to ensure that young people are not left out of the equation when decisions regarding us are being made. I will never be afraid to stand up for what is right, and what truly matters.”

Michelle Hill, Headmistress at Durham High School, said “We are delighted that Chloe has been elected to represent County Durham.”

“Chloe encapsulates exactly what we encourage all our pupils to be – passionate, dedicated and determined to succeed. Her three manifesto promises are issues that really matter to young people in this area and we wish her the very best of luck as she campaigns both locally and nationally for these changes.”

You can find out more about the UK Youth Parliament by clicking here.