A young man from Argyll and Bute has been chosen to represent Scotland at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) in Canada.
Jamie Murray from Rothesay and Erin McCauley from Cunningham South, were the only two selected from 150 members of the Scottish Youth Parliament to represent the country at the event in the British Columbia in November.
The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is an annual event that is held in a different Commonwealth region each year. Up to 66 young people from across the Commonwealth will experience various aspects of parliamentary democracy and will have a unique opportunity to connect with other young people from across the world.
Jamie, aged 18, is a former pupil of Rothesay Academy and is supported in his role on the youth parliament by Argyll and Bute Council’s Youth Services Team. Talking about the trip he said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have been chosen to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Parliaments 8th sitting.
“It is a responsibility that I take with great pride as I aim to highlight the issues that affect Scotland's young people the most. Erin and I have an opportunity to elevate Scottish politics, and the image of Scotland's young people to political representatives from around the world.
“I very much look forward to travelling to Canada and will make sure to write a blog updating everyone about all the wonderful things we'll be getting up to.”
Provost of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Len Scoullar, who lives on Bute, said: “What a wonderful privilege this is for Jamie and I’m sure I speak for the whole island community when I say we are incredibly proud of him. To be selected from 150 other young people is a massive achievement and shows that Jamie is truly committed to ensuring the voices of young people are heard at a global level.
“This will be a life changing experience for Jamie and one which I’m sure he will grab with both hands. I have no doubt he has a very successful future in front of him.”
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Rory Colville said: “I am delighted that a former pupil of Rothesay Academy has been selected to represent Scotland at such a prestigious event. This is not only an honour for Jamie, but for Argyll and Bute as a whole. I look forward to reading his blog with interest and wish him every success on this very exciting trip.”
During the trip youth parliamentarians will participate in education sessions led by experienced parliamentary officials, take part in parliamentary proceedings, including Question Period, and debate and vote on legislation and motions.