New Youth Mayor and Member of Youth Parliament elected

Published Friday, 19th July 2019

The Worship[full, the Mayor of Southend Cllr John Lamb with New Youth Mayor Nathaniel Whitehouse

Southend Youth Council has elected their new Youth Mayor and Member of Youth Parliament, with both serving in office until March 2020.

At the Full Council meeting on Thursday 18 July in the council chamber, The Worshipful The Mayor Cllr John Lamb - along with Mayoress Pat Lamb – officially presented the Youth Mayor Chain of Office to Nathaniel Whitehouse, aged 16, from the King Edmund School. Nathaniel will be serving in office until November 2019.

Nathaniel’s key ideas for his tenure as Youth Mayor are to increase train security and bag checks to help reduce knife crime, assisting the Mayor of Southend, Cllr Lamb, in promoting Southend by offering ideas for events that promote music in Southend whilst raising money for charities. Nathaniel is also keen to introduce an anti-bullying policy to the Youth Council and will look at ways of promoting the Youth Council to more young people across the borough.

Youth Mayor of Southend, Nathaniel Whitehouse, said: “‘As Youth Mayor of Southend, my plan is to bring back the main drive of Southend which is music. I’ll be creating a festival in Southend to give bands experience and encourage attraction to Southend, as well as working alongside the Mayor, Cllr John Lamb.”

Previous Youth Mayor Marco Mann and Deputy Youth Mayor Amy Burdett completed their term in office following a very successful stint as Mayor and deputy. The biggest success is the 1757 Voices Charter, which supports better mental health support for students and young people in Southend. The charter was officially launched on Monday 25 March 2019.

At the Youth Council meeting on Wednesday 5 June meeting, the new Member of Youth Parliament was also elected. Scott Kebbell, aged 14 from Westcliff High School for Boys, replaces Alex Small following a very successful Term of Office as Member of Youth Parliament for 2018-19.

On his appointment, Scott said: “I feel honoured to get the role of Member of Youth Parliament and start my role and enact on key issues such as knife crime and climate change. I believe these are the main issue Southend’s youth as well as myself would like to see a difference made in.”

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “Our children and young adults are our town’s future, and it is essential we make full use of the relationship between the council and the youth council.

“I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to Marco and Amy who have done a truly remarkable job as Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor, with the 1757 Voices Charter showing the attention to detail the Youth Council has shown over the past 12 months.

“I look forward to working closely with Nathaniel and Scott in the coming weeks and months to ensure we connect with the young people in our borough, who are our future.”