Young politicians take up seat of learning

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Two of the country’s youngest councillors, Rosie Corrigan and Will Lockwood, will be moving on in September to take up places as politics students at university.

Rosie, aged 18, who is a Selby town councillor and a former North Yorkshire youth councillor, has secured a place on the competitive four year degree course in British Politics and Legislative Studies at Hull University, which includes a year working for an MP in the House of Commons.

Rosie, who secured an A* in History, an A in Government and Politics, a B in English and a C in Law, said she is “ecstatic” to have secured a place on such a highly regarded course.

Will, aged 19, a Tadcaster town councillor, has spent the last year working full time as a chef, as well as a researcher for Selby MP Nigel Adams and is also Chairman of North Yorkshire’s youth council. He will take up a place to read history and politics at Sheffield University.

Both Rosie and Will say North Yorkshire’s young councillors are achieving a great deal for their communities and urge more young people to come forward and join in.

Rosie represented North Yorkshire on the UK Youth Parliament and says more young people need to get involved.

Rosie said: “Hundreds of young people who attend the UK youth parliament are representing good causes and many of us work hard to make where we live a better place to be. The more young people get involved to improve their communities the more their voices will be heard.”

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Young People said: “Rosie and Will work very hard for their communities and it is wonderful to see them going on and developing their careers in this way.

“They are part of a growing band of young people in North Yorkshire who are determined to help to make life better for the people in their areas and we are very proud of their achievements.”

Local youth councils will shortly be recruiting those aged 11-19 years to become youth councillors in their local communities.

To become involved visit or contact Youth Council Coordinator James Parkes on 01609 533932.