Christina gets Youth Parliament vote

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FIFTEEN-year-old Christina Hendry has won a seat in the Scottish Youth Parliament to represent the young people of Hawick.

Her success was announced in the council chamber at Scottish Borders Council’s HQ, where the high school pupil was revealed as one of the three candidates to have been successfully elected.

Following a campaign manifesto which included boosting the image of young people, ensuring their views are heard, as well as raising issues such as transport in the Borders, Christina will now represent the Ettrick, Roxburghshire and Berwickshire area.

And gathered for the result along with family, peers and the three current MSYPs – which includes fellow Teri Liam Beattie – she stated: “This is a great honour and I can’t wait to get started.”

Christina later stated on her election Facebook page: “A huge thank you to all who voted, thank for your support.”

Polling stations were set up in secondary schools, Borders College, youth projects and youth services. The three newly-elected candidates take over from the current MSYPs in June, but will now undertake training with SBC’s Community Learning and Development department for their new role.

SBC Convener Alasdair Hutton presented Liam and the two other outgoing MSYPs with an award in recognition of the service they have given the Borders.