Young people in Hammersmith and Fulham have elected a new Youth MP and their first ever youth mayor.

A two-week election process which saw youngsters aged between 11 and 18 vote at schools, community centres and youth clubs up and down the borough resulted in Aminata Koroma being named youth mayor.

The Phoenix High School pupil received 1,039 votes, and beat Joshua Yirenkyi Owuraku, from Hurlingham Academy (846 votes) into second place - the 15-year-old will become deputy youth mayor.

The pair will represent young people in the borough and will champion their local campaigns. They will also accompany the mayor at events, and participate in the council’s youth strategy and consultations.

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Hammersmith and Fulham’s member of youth parliament (MYP) is Burlington Danes Academy pupil Johnley Videna.

The 17-year-old from Shepherd’s Bush won by a landslide with 1,181 votes, ahead of Huma Sindhu, who attends Fulham Cross Girls’ School, and will be deputy MYP for the borough after polling 505 votes.

Together they head the borough’s Youth Council and represent the voice of the borough’s young people nationally at the UK Youth Parliament.

Looking forward to her year as youth mayor, 15-year-old Aminata from White City said: “I think that young people should have the right to have their voices heard.

"It’s a cliché but young people are the future. The things that grown-ups are doing now affect our futures and I think it’s only right we have a say.”

Johnley’s priorities include fighting racial, religious and gender discrimination.

He was thrilled with the margin of his victory and said: “I think it’s because people could see my local and national campaigns for this year are realistic and achievable.”