Elections for the Scottish Youth Parliament take place in March 2017 and seven young people from across Scotland are interested in standing up for young carers’ and young adult carers’ rights as Members of Scottish Youth Parliament for the organisation.

Scottish Youth Parliament Elections bannerOnline elections take place between 3-17 March 2017. All young people aged 12-25 can vote online and choose, in order of preference, two candidates who they feel would best represent the needs of young carers and young adult carers as Members of Scottish Youth Parliament.

The Scottish Youth Parliament elections take place every two years. Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) will serve a two year term from June 2017 to June 2019. The elections are organised by Carers Trust Scotland in partnership with Scottish Youth Parliament.

Cast your vote - voting opens on Friday 3 March and closes at 5pm on Friday 17 March 2017. In the mean time please take time to read about all seven candidates below.

The results of the election will be declared on Friday 24 March at Carers Trust Scotland's Student Carer in Higher Education event at the University of Strathclyde.

Stay tuned for the results which will be announced on our social media channels @CarersTrustScot and facebook.com/carers.

The election candidates

The seven candidates standing for election in the SYP elections 2017 for Carers Trust Scotland are:

Amy Barbour

"I am extremely motivated towards standing up for what YOU believe in, regardless of opposition. I am an active listener, mindful of the struggles of others and can remain completely impartial.

"I firmly believe in inclusion for all people, regardless of religion, sexuality, education, bank balance or postcode. I will work for you, and will not rest until your views are heard."

Read more about Amy

Angela McVey

"I feel that carers' voices aren't always heard when decisions are being made and something needs to be done to change this. I know I can help with this, I am not afraid to get my own voice heard when it comes to issues that affect young and young adult carers.

"I want to give carers in Scotland a voice in SYP and for them to know that someone is standing up to the issues that affect carers the most."

Read more about Angela

Ashleigh Taylor

"I am a current MSYP for Carers Trust Scotland and would love to continue in this role. I am really passionate and there is so much work still to be done.

"I feel people should vote for me as I have the experience behind me, I know what im doing and I love it. I'm very passionate about SYP and have loved every opportunity I have had to get carers views across and hope to accomplish this with more SYP work."

Read more about Ashleigh

Jade Lochhead

"I would be a good MSYP as I am very a passionate young person, I strongly believe that if you don't put your heart and soul into what you are trying to achieve then you are not giving it your whole.

"I am very passionate about carer's rights and raising awareness of young and young adult carers. As well as being a good public speaker, I am also a very good listener and always encourage others to speak up and be heard.

"I feel that I have the knowledge and skills needed to make a real difference in young people's lives and the passion to make positive changes for young people."

Read more about Jade

Lauren Baigrie

"Becoming an MSYP would allow me to encourage others and allow Young Carers and Young Adult Carers to have a voice. A voice that needs to be heard.

"I believe that awareness is key and that more people need to understand the issues that we face. I am a strong minded person who is not afraid to speak their mind, however I will always have the interests of my constituents at heart.

"I will fight for more rights and equality for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers."

Read more about Lauren

Mairi McLaughlin

"When I make the decision to put myself up for anything, it is never on a whim. I am a highly dedicated individual who will give 100% for everything I do.

"If I am elected I will do my upmost to represent to the best of my ability. I believe that being a Member of Scottish Youth Parliament will allow me to continue helping make a difference in a new and exciting way."

Read more about Mairi

Tracey Young

"I am a strong communicator. I can interact with a range of ages and I have a hard work ethic. I want to make a difference and spread the voice of carers, locally and nationally.

"My main aim is to tackle social inequality issues impacting young and young adult carers in Scotland."

Read more about Tracy