Lister Community School pupil elected Young Mayor of Newham

Alex Jarrett, the new Young Mayor of Newham, with the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales

Alex Jarrett, the new Young Mayor of Newham, with the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales - Credit: Andrew Baker

It’s official: Newham has a new mayor.

No, Sir Robin Wales hasn’t been replaced – instead, the borough’s young people have chosen the ninth Young Mayor.

For 15-year-old Alex Jarrett, winning the election is a chance for her to carry on the work of her predecessors.

The Lister Community School pupil secured 1,724 votes – the highest personal vote for a winning Young Mayor – out of the 13,687 cast.

Following last night’s count at the Old Town Hall, Stratford, she said: “It is a massive honour for me to be elected as Newham’s Young Mayor.

“I will work hard to ensure young people across the borough have a voice and to build on the success of our previous Young Mayors.”

Alex’s manifesto includes providing advice and counselling on various issues including mental health.

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She also wants to organise a summer festival for young people and encourage them to take part in leisure activities.

The Young Mayor will be allocated a budget of £25,000 for the year, which she and the youth council – made up of the next top 10 mayoral candidates plus an additional 10 apppointed through a self-nomination process – will decide how to spend.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “We have the youngest population of any borough and I’m always heartened by their passion for politics.

“I congratulate everyone who put themselves up for election – it is not an easy thing to do.”

This year’s election involved 22 candidates and saw 73 per cent of eligible 11 to 18-year-olds have their say.

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