Three of the county’s YPMs. From left, George Last (South West and Mid Norfolk), Sarah Barrett (Norwich and South Norfolk) and Springwood’s Ewan Harris.

A King’s Lynn sixth former has been inaugurated as one of Norfolk’s new Youth Parliament Members (YPMs).

 Ewan Harris, 17, of Springwood High School is one of four new YPMs.

 An aspiring future politician, Ewan campaigned for more resources, activities and spaces for young people, better mental health services and voting rights for 16-year-olds.

Representing North West Norfolk, he said: “As a Youth Parliament Member I hope to make positive change and improve things for young people in my area and beyond.” 

The four, who competed against 26 other Norfolk candidates, were inaugurated at a special ceremony. 

They will spend two years in office and will get the chance to debate in the House of Commons and work with regional MPs and Norfolk councillors.

Penny Carpenter, county council chairman, said: “Many congratulations to the four winning candidates and many thanks to all who participated in the youth parliament elections and make your mark ballot this year.

“This is a brilliant chance for the winning candidates to get the experience of campaigning and representing the young people of Norfolk locally and nationally and I look forward to working with them and hearing their views.”

A total of 11,955 votes were cast by 11 to 18-year-olds in Norfolk’s YPM elections.

Young people also had the chance to cast their votes in the Make Your Mark ballot, which asks them to vote for the issues most important to them from a list of options. 

This year health and wellbeing was voted as the most important issue to young people followed by jobs, money and opportunities, and education and learning.