Newham

Khadija Sethi elected Newham's tenth Young Mayor

17 November 2016 in Council and democracy and Mayor and Young Mayor
This week (Wednesday 16 November) saw the election of Newham’s tenth Young Mayor and a celebration of a decade of Young Mayors.
Khadija Sethi, 15 from Langdon Academy was elected has made Newham history by becoming the 10th young person elected to the Young Mayor post.

She said: 'I’m so happy and thankful that young people in Newham believe in me and trust me enough to vote for me. I’m here to represent and support them and that is what I will do.

'I’m really looking forward to fulfilling my manifesto promises of giving all young people in the borough more activities that bring them together and working with big business so they can provide more opportunities including work experience for the borough’s youth.”

A total of 13,787 votes were cast for the 24 candidates in polling stations in schools and colleges, representing a turnout of 76 per cent. This is an increase from last year’s turn out of 73 per cent.

Khadija will be in office for one year and will have a budget of £25,000 to spend on priorities identified by young people.

The Young Mayor received 1,901 votes and the Deputy Young Mayor and the Member for UK Youth Parliament will be elected by the Youth Council.

Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham, said: “The Young Mayor scheme has been running for ten years and continues to go from strength to strength. It’s a great opportunity for young people  to learn about the political process and democracy.

“I’d like to thank all those that took part and supported this election process. I’d also like to congratulate Khadija and I look forward to working with her.”