Western Isles to be represented on Scottish Youth Parliament

The Western Isles now has a representative on the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Roy Bartle from Lewis was elected last week and will serve a term of two years.

He is currently a student at Aberdeen University where he is studying for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and was previously a student at Lews Castle College and was the 2009-10 delegate to the UHI Students’ Association.

In his manifesto Roy pledged to listen to issues raised by his constituents and gave his support for the movement for fairer fuel prices, support the maintenance of RET and to support the rights of Christians in the Western Isles.

Roy is a member of the Knock & Point Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) and said he stands on a platform of Christian values; addressing both local and national issues with the best interests of young people in the Western Isles at heart.

Leader of the Comhairle Angus Campbell welcomed Roy’s appointment on his blog.

He said: “It’s excellent news that the Western Isles now has a young person elected as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP). It is important for young people’s views to be represented and I wish Roy every success as an MSYP.”

Roy will officially become the Western Isles MSYP at the June sitting of the Scottish Youth Parliament. His term will run for two years.

This is being supported as part of the Youth Engagement Project which is being part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Leader Innse Gall 2007-2013 programme. Roy is being supported by the Community Learning and Development Service.