Following disruption to the Scottish Youth Parliament election due to IT issues with Young Scot voting.young.scot website, the SYP elections have now re-started with a phased approach. You can read more about this here.
Information about how to vote in constituencies affected by the issues with the Young Scot voting platform will be posted on this page as soon as possible.
Why do you want to be an MSYP?
I want to be able to continue the work I have taken part in with SYP and Scouts Scotland. The issues facing young people are wide and varied and I believe that I have what it takes to continue the great work that we have done already and take it into the next term. Being the MSYP for Scouts Scotland has been fantastic, I've been able to talk to hundreds of young people across our organisation and have important conversations on what they care about. I would love to be able to do this for another 2 years.
How will you consult with the young people in your area or organisation to ensure that they are represented well and their voices are heard?
At the start of this term we struggled to find the best way to consult with you. We soon found out that the best way is in person, having real conversations as well as using social media, especially through the existing Scouts Scotland accounts. Something I am keen to build on if I am re-elected would be doing my best to attend more national events where we have members from all over the country in one place. In 2022 I attended ScoutFest, where I was able to speak to Network members as well as other adult volunteers to see how they could best support our work. Earlier this year I came along to the final camp for the Scottish contingents heading off to Korea at Meggernie, I got to engage with hundreds of young people in one day! There is definitely room to do similar things again.
Why should someone vote for you?
Being the incumbent MSYP for Scouts Scotland, I have a great knowledge on how things work within SYP and Scouts Scotland, this means I could get straight back to taking action on issues that are important to you.
I will continue to be a strong advocate of the awards and opportunities Scouts Scotland provide young people across the country.
I will aim to pass a motion and spread awareness on residential experiences being a statutory right for young people in education, and will work with SYP and Scouts Scotland with the ongoing work towards this.
I will continue to seek better ways on engaging with our members on key issues so that you can be represented as accurately as possible.
Some of my work in the previous term has included: being elected as Deputy Convener of the Sports and Leisure Committee, selecting our new Scottish Youth Commissioner from a large list of candidates, working with the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) team to create our new Rights Challenge Badge, and running workshops at national events at Meggernie and Fordell Firs.
If you want to find out more about me, follow my twitter @EwanKnightMSYP or email firstname.lastname@example.org