Cian’s pledge ahead of race for youth parly

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A Stirches teenager is hoping to represent young people at the Scottish Parliament, after being chosen as a candidate for this year’s youth elections.

Fifteen-year-old Cian Gullen has spoken of her excitement at being selected to stand as a hopeful for the Scottish Youth Parliament, and has vowed to improve the lives of young people in Hawick and across the Borders if successful.

Picked as a candidate for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Cian said: “I feel it is important that we, as young people, are listened to and treated fairly. I will represent the young people in my area and ensure their voices are listened to.”

Cian says she was inspired to get involved after attending an event where the current MSYP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale was speaking – and after seeing a post about the elections on Facebook – was encouraged by her father Stuart to put herself forward.

The fourth-year high school pupil has now launched her campaign, with an impressive manifesto which details plans to focus on transport, mental health facilities and even body image.

Cian told the Hawick News: “If elected, I hope to create a positive image of young people in Hawick and the Borders. I also hope to get a more improved mental health service for young people in the region, and also look at finding a way to reduce transport cost for under-16s.

“On a larger scale, I hope to help promote realistic body image for both genders in the media.”

She added: “I’ve chosen to stand as a candidate for the SYP elections so I can make a difference for young people not just in Hawick but across the whole of the Borders. So far being a candidate has given me more confidence.”

Cian is up against four other candidates. Young people will be able to cast their vote between March 2 and March 13.