Young Elected Leaders • Salford City Council

Four new leaders have been chosen by young people in Salford to represent their interests and campaign for change.

Oliver Edwards of Eccles was elected as Youth Mayor and Paaniz Afrang of Ordsall as Deputy Youth Mayor. Both will serve one year in office.

Eleanor Holt from Cadishead and Harley Smith from Clarendon have been elected Members of the National Youth Parliament for a two-year term. Voting was open to all young people between the ages of 11 and 18 in Salford.

All four will work with Salford City Council leaders, partner agencies and elected officials across Greater Manchester and the North West to deliver their campaigns.

Councilor Jim Cammell, responsible for children and youth services, welcomed the new team.

“It is vitally important that we take into account the ideas, wishes and views of young people when making decisions for Salford,” he said.

“Young people make a vital contribution to our city. They are young caregivers, sports stars, artists, musicians, activists and activists, volunteers and much more. They’re not just the future, they’re making things happen now.

Councilor John Walsh, executive support member for education and learning, said council representatives looked forward to working with them.

“We know from the Youth Parliament’s Make your Mark survey that young people are most concerned about jobs and opportunities, as well as health and well-being, and these are also key priorities for the board.”

Improving health and wellbeing was one of Oliver Edward’s campaign priorities along with tackling knife crime while Paaniz Afrang wants to work on reducing child poverty.

MPs Eleanor Holt and Harley Smith have both campaigned to support young people with disabilities, particularly those with non-visual disabilities. Eleanor is also keen on supporting mental health services and tackling domestic violence.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

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