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Youth vote for Nicole & Emily

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NICOLE Mouat and Emily Shaw have been elected to represent Shetland’s young people in the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The successful politicians were announced by returning officer Jan Riise in Lerwick Town Hall on Monday afternoon, after 641 young people between 12 and 25 voted online.

Nicole is being re-elected for another two years, while Emily, the current chair of the Shetland Youth Voice, will serve her first term as an MSYP.

Earlier this month, Nicole was named the country’s top upcoming young politician at the Scottish Variety Awards, in Glasgow, shortly after winning the ‘outstanding achievement’ prize in the Scottish Youth Parliament awards.

She said she was “amazed” to have been given the chance to continue representing Shetland’s young people on the national stage.

Emily said the main issue she would be campaigning in the youth parliament would the threat to the Lerwick coastguard station.

The other two candidates were Barry Meheut, from Quarff, and Cameron Stevenson, from Whalsay.

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