New Youth Mayor for Ealing

Local student will represent young people of the borough

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A fifteen year old from Featherstone High School has been appointed new youth mayor for Ealing.

Tejas Dattani has pledged to improve homelessness among young people, create an accessible work experience database and raise awareness of Ealing’s youth centres.

He competed against 10 other candidates during a two-week campaign which saw them visit schools, youth centres, projects and special schools to rally support and persuade youngsters to give them their vote. In total, more than 2000 young people from across the borough went to polling booths or voted online for their favourite candidate.

Tejas said: "I am honestly over the moon to be the new youth mayor of Ealing. Thank you so much to everyone who voted, campaigned and supported me. I really couldn’t have done it without you.  I look forward to taking my manifesto points forward and working to make a change for young people across Ealing.”

David Archibald, executive director for children and adults, said: "I would like to congratulate all of the candidates on a well fought campaign. We take the role of youth mayor very seriously in Ealing and I am looking forward to working closely with Tejas in the year to come and in helping him to fulfil his manifesto promises.

“My thanks also go out to our outgoing youth mayor, Yasmin Rufo. I am very grateful to her for the dedication she has brought to the role over the last year and I look forward to watching the next steps in her career.”

James Panton (19) from the Acton campus of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College was named deputy youth mayor.

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May 19th 2014