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Democracy is alive in Islington - as youth council is elected with record turnout

PUBLISHED: 12:09 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 06 December 2017

The new Islington Youth Council at the Assembly Hall after its election was announced. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

The new Islington Youth Council at the Assembly Hall after its election was announced. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

2017 Steve Bainbridge

Islington is famous for being a politically active borough. You only have to look back to this year's general election, with 69 per cent turnout in Islington South and Finsbury and 73pc in Islington North.

And this democratic duty also applies to our young population, after a record number of votes were cast for Islington’s Youth Council elections last Wednesday.

Twelve new councillors have been elected after 5,815 young people went to the ballot box in every Islington secondary school, as well as City and Islington College. Turnout was up 600 from the last election in 2015.

Thirty-three candidates stood, and Islington’s children and families leader Cllr Joe Caluori said: “This truly is democracy in action and I am so pleased to see young people’s backing for the youth council grow and grow.

“We listen carefully to our youth councillors and hugely value their input on decisions that affect young people in the borough – something we will be expanding on in future.”

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