Stephen has congratulated the newly elected Young Mayor of Newham, Yaseen Bux, and his deputy, Ellie Plenty. The results were announced this evening in front of staff, students and parents at the Old Town Hall in Stratford.
Yaseen, a student at Langdon Academy in East Ham, was elected with 1,596 votes. His key manifesto promise was to ensure better facilities for all young people in the borough and more opportunities to socialise and become active, employable citizens. His deputy, Ellie Plenty, from Royal Docks Community School, won 1,310 votes. The 14 other candidates will form this year’s Youth Council.
Overall turnout for the election was 76 per cent – the highest turnout ever and an increase of three percentage points on last year. The total number of votes cast was 14,247
Speaking after the count, Stephen said: "I would like to congratulate Yaseen and Ellie on their elections. They have incredibly important jobs in speaking up for young people in Newham. I watched their manifesto videos earlier today and was excited by what I saw. I look forward to supporting them - and the youth council as whole - in the coming year.
“The Young Mayor scheme is an excellent way for young people to get involved in politics. It is something I really believe in. Politics is not something that happens just in the Houses of Parliament - it is relevance to everybody. I think the young people of Newham realise this, hence the tremendous turnout in this election.
"I ran a summer school earlier this year for sixteen and seventeen year olds in the borough. It was highly successful and I will be running another one in 2015. I hope programmes like mine, and others run by Newham Council, the Houses of Parliament and the London Assembly continue to energise and excite young people. They - after all - are the politicians of the future"