Young people have made their vote count by taking part in the recent Scottish Youth Parliament by-election for Galloway and West Dumfries, with Dalbeattie’s Samuel Glendinning taking the post of MSYP.
Voters had their pick of four local candidates; David Blain, 17, from Stranraer, David White, 16, from Shawhead, Rhiannon Gerrard, 14, from Dalbeattie and Samuel Glendinning, 18, also from Dalbeattie. Each of the candidates worked hard to win votes from their peers by writing a manifesto, producing campaign materials, setting up a campaign Facebook page and visiting different schools to gain support.
It was an impressive turnout with 846 young people across the constituency casting their votes between Monday 7th and Friday 11th October. To make the by-election accessible to young people, voting was conducted online using the local pages of the Young Scot website.
The results were announced at an event at the McMillan Hall in Newton Stewart on Friday 11th October by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Returning Officer Alex Haswell.
Samuel will now join fellow MSYP Caitlin McDowell, 17 from Glenluce, for Galloway & West Dumfries. Here’s what he had to say on being elected; “I was very surprised to be elected and I’m grateful, and hopeful, that I will now be able to make a difference locally and get young people’s views heard at a national level as well as at a local level. Thanks to everyone who voted and I will make sure your voices are heard. I’m proud to be your new MSYP.”