During the run up to the Sutton Youth Parliament MYP elections for 2015, we will be posting a variety of updates from our candidates. Today’s update comes from Erin Horsley. Previous updates have come from Farida, Granthick, Ethan and Oliwia.
My name is Erin Horsley and I am fourteen years old. Hopefully by now you will have seen my video explaining my three pledges. I’m not very good at campaigning, however I am trying my best. I have created a Facebook page called ‘Erin Horsley for UK Youth Parliament‘ and of course my twitter account @VoteErinHorsley. I will attempt to update those pages and I will be doing some special events for my followers. I think that you should #VoteErin because I am different. I believe that I will be the best to represent our wonderful borough because I am dedicated towards making a better life for young people. After all, we are the future.
I don’t see myself as extremely smart or arty or talented in most ways. However, I do know that I am ambitious. Most people told me that I wouldn’t be able to compete to be the next Youth Parliament member because I wasn’t good enough. I have been trying my hardest to make sure that I have a chance at winning this election. I will make sure that how I look, how I dress, how I sound and my age doesn’t affect me in any way. I want you to see me or my posters and remember my pledges. So here they are.
My pledges focus on the needs of young people, such as protection from crime, an understanding from others and enough money to get by. I feel that young people are seen as lazy and that we don’t do anything productive but shoplift etc. However, I know that there are young people out there showing how great being our age is, but they aren’t heard. That is why my first pledge is to get the Guardian to dedicate a page each month to young people. The Sutton Guardian only ever really talks about what’s wrong with the community. Well I believe that we need to show all that is right with our community. With a voice behind us, we can show everyone that being a teenager doesn’t mean being a nuisance or awkward, it means being great.
My second pledge is to try to influence the local council to do more about crime that affects young people. Have you ever felt unsafe when walking home from school? Ever watch your back constantly as it gets darker in the evenings? Well I know I do. I also know that there are young people out there being abused. These people find it particularly difficult in life to do well in school if they aren’t safe, and that is why it is my second pledge.
My final pledge is to raise the minimum wage for 16-17 year olds. It is only £3.72 an hour. Life is stressful enough for a teenager without adding on money troubles as well. I am preparing for that day when I all of a sudden have university fees, bills to pay and rent as well. I have it easier than most with what I have. However, my final pledge is aimed at the young person who has aspirations. They want to go somewhere great in life. However, if they are falling behind at school because they have to have two jobs to pay for their expenses or university fees, they won’t be able to achieve the high levels that they need.
If you want a kind but strong candidate to win, vote Erin Horsley in the upcoming elections! Vote for Erin for a better Sutton, Vote Erin for a better future.
Erin is running for MYP for Sutton alongside seven other candidates. You can find out more about them by visiting this page.
The elections will take place on Thursday 29th January 2015 in selected Sutton secondary schools.
What do you think about Erin’s pledges? Have you watched the video showing the other candidates? Please leave any comments in the box below.