Five young people hoping to be the next Youth MP for Peterborough will find out if they have been successful today.

More than 10,000 ballot papers have been sent to schools across the city so that young people can cast their vote in the election with the results being announced on election night this evening at 7.30pm (Tuesday 28 February).

This year's candidates represent a number of schools across the city including The Voyager Academy, The King's School, St John Fisher Catholic High School and Ormiston Bushfield Academy.

All the candidates have produced a 60 second video which has been played at school assemblies to help their student colleagues decide who gets their vote. Ballots have been cast in schools and now the busy job of collating the results is underway.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: "The story we hear nationally that young people are disengaged from politics is certainly not the case here in Peterborough.

“There are some great candidates and I wish everyone standing in tonight’s Youth MP elections the best of luck."

Last year more than 4,300 young people cast their vote to select a Youth MP, equating to a turnout of just under a third of young people in the city. The chosen candidate will represent Peterborough at UK Youth Parliament, sit on Peterborough’s Youth Council and meet with key leaders in the city.

Outgoing Youth MP Samantha Brown, said: "It has been a privilege to represent young people both from Peterborough and the rest of the UK at national events, and to play a part in making local and national changes.

“I would urge other young people to get involved - you can make a difference. Come to a Youth Council meeting, get involved in this year's Make Your Mark ballot, or run for Youth MP next year. A big thank you to everyone who voted for me, and best of luck to the next Youth MP!"

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