Midlothian’s two new members of the Scottish Youth Parliament have spoken of their delight at being elected to represent local youngsters.
Megan Kay (15) and Mya Lawson (17) were last month chosen to represent Midlothian North and Musselburgh, and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale respectively for the next two years.
Lasswade High pupil and Midlothian Youth Platform member Megan said: “It feels really good to have been elected, I had a feeling I would get a lot of votes from what I saw on social media and I got a lot of support from people at school. My friends and family have been very supportive too, especially my mum and dad.
“I really want to raise awareness of mental health and other issues that effect young people, and show that we are not just drinking, smoking and taking drugs.
“I also want to learn from people from other counties and seek out their opinions and views. Mental health is a big thing for me, as the waiting list for children is a year and a half, that’s not good enough. I will look to tackle that.”
Mya is keen to give a voice to local youngsters, she said: “I would like to thank friends, family and teachers for their help and support during the campaign and thank everyone who voted for me at the election.
“I am very proud of becoming an MSYP elect for Midlothian South and I am looking forward to working with the Scottish Youth Parliament organisation. I will try my upmost to ensure that young people in this area have their opinions listened to in all matters affecting them.
“I will take up my post at the end of June and until then I will be trying to familiarise myself with what is expected from me while in this post.”