Calling on young people to stand in the Young Essex Assembly

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Young people across Essex are being encouraged to stand in the Young Essex Assembly election in November.

There are 75 seats available for members aged 11 to 19 who live, work and study in the area, where they can address issues affecting young people until the next election in two years time.

Applications must be submitted by October 17 online at, and winners will be announced in December after the vote in November.

Ray Gooding, Essex county councillor for education, said: “The Young Essex Assembly plays a vital role in democracy in Essex and is an important link between young people and the county’s decision-makers.

“My council colleagues and I are always keen to engage with young people, give them a voice and listen to their ideas.

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“Youth Essex Assembly members will not only have the opportunity to enhance their skills and boost their CVs, but also make a real difference to young lives in Essex.”

The youth council has worked on projects covering mental health, discrimination, sexual health and transport.

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Braintree district and Essex county councillor Stephan Canning made his way into politics through Braintree’s Youth Council ten years ago.

He said: “It is absolutely vital to give young people this kind of opportunity. Having a voice and the chance to give their thoughts and ideas can really empower young people, and also helps Essex County Council to shape the decisions and policies it makes.”

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