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Meet the candidates for Dorset’s Youth Parliament – Dorset Echo

Stasia Smith, 14, Ferndown Upper School
Dorset Echo:
1. I want everyone to have access to resources which will reduce exam stress. 
2. Students want to be treated like real people. I will champion student voice in Dorset. 
3. Young people should have accessible and frequent transport in Dorset. I will promise to help this to become possible.

Voting is now open for school children in Dorset to elect two MYP members and two deputies. 

Rory Baird, 18, The Gryphon School, Sherborne
Dorset Echo:
1. I will increase the number of job opportunities for young people. 
2. I will raise awareness of post-18 options which don’t involve universities. 
3. I will make transport available more frequently and to more rural locations. 

The election process is overseen by Dorset County Council. The counting of the votes takes place on February 2 and the results will be announced that evening. 

Their six week campaign for votes began on December 18, and voting takes place in participating schools from January 29 to February 1. 

The candidates range in age from 12 to 18, and come from schools across the county, including Christchurch, Sherborne, Wimborne Minster, Sturminster Newton, Portland, Weymouth and Dorchester.

Adam Brocklesby, 12, Highcliffe School, Christchurch
Dorset Echo:
1. Sports and extra-curricular activities should be free.
2. Public transports costs should be fairer for young people. 
3. I want to lower the voting age to 16.
Faith Trevorrow, 13, Beaminster School
1. I want to stop discrimination against people with disabilities. 
2. I will increase the amount of activities young people with disabilities access. 
3. I will raise awareness of invisible disabilities such as autism and dyslexia.

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