Glasgow pupil elected to Scottish Youth Parliament
A pupil of St Aloysius College in Glasgow has been elected to the Scottish Youth Parliament. S3 student Calum Macleod will represent the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency and says he wants to use the position to encourage young people to remain as engaged in political debate as they were throughout last year’s independence referendum.
“I would like to see votes at 16 implemented across the UK,” says Calum. “I think it’s wrong that you can join the army at 16 but you can’t vote for who might send you off to war.”
Throughout the independence referendum, the Jesuit college played host to a number of debates and visits from political parties looking to engage with pupils and Calum says this had a positive effect, not only on the 16-year-olds, but also on the younger pupils.
In addition to an interest in politics, Calum is also a volunteer at the Greater Maryhill Foodbank and a member of the Scottish Youth Theatres’ Committee and these areas of life are reflected in his manifesto.
“I feel that in our society, with the right people in charge, we shouldn’t have a need for things like Foodbanks,” he insists, adding that funding in the arts, music and sport for young people should also be protected. “Spending in these areas is important for our culture and should be kept because without investment in the arts, music and sports, young people cannot perform to their full potential!”
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is a politically-independent organisation that aims to represent young citizens of Scotland. Launched at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 30 June 1999, the day before the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament, it is composed of elected members (MSYPs) who represent the views and opinions of young people aged 14 to 25 from all over Scotland.