Hunt on for next young mayor

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THE search is on for the next young mayor of North Tyneside.

Nominations for a replacement for current youth mayor Jade Hope, 16, of Benton, are now being taken, with candidates having until tomorrow to put themselves forward.

The winner will be the fourth youngster to take on the role of representing their peers and seeking to influence decisions made by North Tyneside Council.

He or she will hold the post for 12 months.

Nominees must be aged between 11 and 19 and live, work or attend school or college in North Tyneside.

Nomination packs and further details are available online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/youngmayor

After nominations close, a preliminary voting process will be used to produce a shortlist of four candidates to contest an election next month.

Nominations will also be open for 50 places on North Tyneside’s youth council until tomorrow.

Tynemouth councillor David Lilly, the authority’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “We believe that giving young people a voice and an opportunity to shape the decisions that affect them, is hugely important.

“Our young mayor and youth cabinet system in North Tyneside are a great asset.

“We would love to see more young people taking the opportunity to get involved in decision-making.”

Elections for youth councillors and the next young mayor will take place between Monday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 21, at schools, colleges and other locations across the borough.