A CLYDEBANK High pupil has promised to tackle the issues young people face in the area after being elected as a new Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Rebecca Ross says she will strive to represent those who are of a similar age to her after being named the MSYP for Clydebank and Milngavie at the recent Scottish Youth Parliament national elections.

The 15-year-old was picked after ballots were opened to young people aged between 11 – 25 who were asked to cast their vote to elect their local MSYP between Wednesday, January 17 and January 31.

And Miss Ross first thanked those who had put their faith in her before vowing to work for youngsters in the community.

She said: “I am so thankful to be elected as the MSYP for Clydebank and Milngavie. I promise to represent the young people in my area, do my best to consult young people and tackle issues young people face in our area.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people.

It provides a national platform for young people to discuss issues important to them and affect the change they wish to see.

Alongside Miss Ross, Faith Bhardwaj of Dumbarton Academy was elected for the Dumbarton area.

And, speaking after the 2024 SYP election results, West Dunbartonshire Councillor Michelle McGinty praised both youngsters.

She said: “I want to start by congratulating Faith and Rebecca on their fantastic campaign and victory. The young people of West Dunbartonshire have made their voices heard and are now represented by two very capable and passionate candidates.

“The future generation is what will shape society for years to come and I am sure Faith and Rebecca will empower the next generation and inspire positive change. I wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavours.”