A TEENAGER at a Southall high school said he feels honoured to have been voted into the UK Youth Parliament.
Arthie Samueli, 16, studies at Featherstone High School and was selected as MYP for the borough of Ealing after collecting an impressive 1,749 votes.
He said: “It’s great. It feels fantastic to win. I am honoured to be able to represent the young people of Ealing at the UK youth parliament where I can now make a real difference to their lives.”
Arthie, who lives in Harlington and is studying for his A-levels, ran for the same position last year but was beaten to the post by another Featherstone student, but he and his team campaigned hard and he believes he ended up with 1,000 more votes than anyone else standing in the election.
He said: “I wanted to do something that helps others, to represent the views of young people. I want to take the concerns and issues that they face to the current MPs and councillors in Ealing and do my best to solve them.”
Arthie, who said that he would be interested in pursuing a career in politics, also wants to promote the growth of young people’s talents and abilities, irrespective of education and background.
He added he would like to increase physical and emotional wellbeing of young people by educating them about the effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs.
Gerry Wadwa, headteacher at Featherstone said: “We are delighted that for the second year running, a Featherstone student has been elected to sit on the UK Youth Parliament and we know Arthie will prove to be a passionate advocate for the young people of Ealing.”
The UK Youth Parliament has 369 seats for elected MYPs and works as a platform for young people to have their voices heard and help bring about social change.
n honoured: MYP Arthie Samueli at Featherstone High School Photo by Grant Humphreys WL20122302_4 www.buyaphototms.co.uk