Danny Brown elected to represent Darlington in UK's Youth Parliament

Danny Brown and his deputy Josh Wakeford

Danny Brown and his deputy Josh Wakeford

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DANNY Brown, of Longfield Academy of Sport, in Darlington was tonight (Tuesday) elected to the UK's Youth Parliament after the biggest turnout since voting began.

The 14-year-old was among six hopefuls who had waited to see if they had won the right to represent their town.

After a turnout of 51 per cent, Danny received 791 votes. Josh Wakeford, 16, and from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, will act as deputy after receiving 779 votes.

Amy Merchant, 15 and also from Longfield, received 738 votes, Rachel Gunnell, 17, (Carmel College) 680, Joe Clark, 13, (Darlington School of Mathematics and Science) 592 and Joseph Barker, 13, (Darlington School of Mathematics and Science) 480.

All six spent a month campaigning to win a seat in the Parliament, which aims to give support and a voice to young people across the country.

Danny will help his peers have their say on issues in the town for the next two years and will represent the area at a House of Commons debate in November.

During their campaign trail, the students prepared manifestos, delivered flyers and took to social networking to spread their message.

Issues highlighted by the candidates included alcohol abuse, internet safety, disability awareness, health services and negative stereotypes of teenagers.

Ada Burns, chief executive of Darlington Borough Council, said: "It's fantastic that so many young people put themselves up for election and did so with such enthusiasm and energy and all candidates should be proud of themselves. I look forward to working with our new Youth MP."

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9:24pm Tue 4 Mar 14

MSG says...

Ada Burns promising to do some work !
Well worth £180,000 a year of Darlington tax payers money playing politics !
When will Dixon get rid of this highly paid Chief Executive non-job !
Ada Burns promising to do some work ! Well worth £180,000 a year of Darlington tax payers money playing politics ! When will Dixon get rid of this highly paid Chief Executive non-job ! MSG
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2:09am Wed 5 Mar 14

Lionel1 says...

For once a positive story about young people (which makes a change) doing something worthwhile and constructive and all you come out with is the usual drivel about Ada & Bill...
For once a positive story about young people (which makes a change) doing something worthwhile and constructive and all you come out with is the usual drivel about Ada & Bill... Lionel1
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4:57am Wed 5 Mar 14

BMD says...

Lionel1 wrote:
For once a positive story about young people (which makes a change) doing something worthwhile and constructive and all you come out with is the usual drivel about Ada & Bill...
Lionel1, what do you think this exercise will achieve?

First, if the Council are involved it has cost the tax-payer.

Second, if I am contributing to Ada Burns £180,000 a year salary, I don’t want her expensive time wasted on projects that are not beneficiary to increasing the efficiency of running the council services.
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: For once a positive story about young people (which makes a change) doing something worthwhile and constructive and all you come out with is the usual drivel about Ada & Bill...[/p][/quote]Lionel1, what do you think this exercise will achieve? First, if the Council are involved it has cost the tax-payer. Second, if I am contributing to Ada Burns £180,000 a year salary, I don’t want her expensive time wasted on projects that are not beneficiary to increasing the efficiency of running the council services. BMD
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5:59am Wed 5 Mar 14

darloboss says...

another waste of my community charge
another waste of my community charge darloboss
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9:29am Wed 5 Mar 14

miketually says...

Congratulations Danny and Josh. It's a great opportunity and you'll have some great experiences in the next year.
Congratulations Danny and Josh. It's a great opportunity and you'll have some great experiences in the next year. miketually
  • Score: 12

1:12pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Lionel1 says...

BMD wrote:
Lionel1 wrote: For once a positive story about young people (which makes a change) doing something worthwhile and constructive and all you come out with is the usual drivel about Ada & Bill...
Lionel1, what do you think this exercise will achieve? First, if the Council are involved it has cost the tax-payer. Second, if I am contributing to Ada Burns £180,000 a year salary, I don’t want her expensive time wasted on projects that are not beneficiary to increasing the efficiency of running the council services.
Firstly, if the issue of Ada's salary concern's you so much then why don't you move to a local authority where the Chief Exec earns less so you feel that you're getting value for money?

On the subject of what will be achieved from the from the council working with the the Youth Parliament;
a) provide a great experience for Josh and Danny
b) raise awareness of the issues in the town and let young people have an opinion/voice.
c) promote the democratic process - one which I though you would advocate considering you're continually banging on about how this Labour-elected Council is ruining the town.

as for 'darloboss', your username is quite ironic - I wouldn't leave you in charge of a table at a jumble sale.
[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: For once a positive story about young people (which makes a change) doing something worthwhile and constructive and all you come out with is the usual drivel about Ada & Bill...[/p][/quote]Lionel1, what do you think this exercise will achieve? First, if the Council are involved it has cost the tax-payer. Second, if I am contributing to Ada Burns £180,000 a year salary, I don’t want her expensive time wasted on projects that are not beneficiary to increasing the efficiency of running the council services.[/p][/quote]Firstly, if the issue of Ada's salary concern's you so much then why don't you move to a local authority where the Chief Exec earns less so you feel that you're getting value for money? On the subject of what will be achieved from the from the council working with the the Youth Parliament; a) provide a great experience for Josh and Danny b) raise awareness of the issues in the town and let young people have an opinion/voice. c) promote the democratic process - one which I though you would advocate considering you're continually banging on about how this Labour-elected Council is ruining the town. as for 'darloboss', your username is quite ironic - I wouldn't leave you in charge of a table at a jumble sale. Lionel1
  • Score: 5

3:59pm Wed 5 Mar 14

BMD says...

Lionel1 (The Darlington Council Spokesperson), it’s nice to see you have raised your head after you were embarrassingly out manoeuvred in a previous debate.

Obviously you are content with Ada's remuneration package and how she fills in her working day.
Regarding your list of A) to C) are you really sure this is a priority for the council, because the Council won’t even listen to the eligible voting public.

My “banging on about a Labour-elected Council is ruining the town”, is also making the electorate aware of the Council incompetence.

Just to back-up my statement, please note the mentality of a Billingham Labour Council employee, Dianne Rickaby :-

“Yes, we have made a few misdemeanours with the flowers and such like but all that has stopped now. Members even pay for their tea and coffee themselves now, and are actually out of pocket.”

And for your information I have already put wheels in motion to move out of the country, but being an Englishman at heart; you can’t help but dislike injustices.
Lionel1 (The Darlington Council Spokesperson), it’s nice to see you have raised your head after you were embarrassingly out manoeuvred in a previous debate. Obviously you are content with Ada's remuneration package and how she fills in her working day. Regarding your list of A) to C) are you really sure this is a priority for the council, because the Council won’t even listen to the eligible voting public. My “banging on about a Labour-elected Council is ruining the town”, is also making the electorate aware of the Council incompetence. Just to back-up my statement, please note the mentality of a Billingham Labour Council employee, Dianne Rickaby :- “Yes, we have made a few misdemeanours with the flowers and such like but all that has stopped now. Members even pay for their tea and coffee themselves now, and are actually out of pocket.” And for your information I have already put wheels in motion to move out of the country, but being an Englishman at heart; you can’t help but dislike injustices. BMD
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9:08am Thu 6 Mar 14

Timb67 says...

BMD wrote:
Lionel1 (The Darlington Council Spokesperson), it’s nice to see you have raised your head after you were embarrassingly out manoeuvred in a previous debate. Obviously you are content with Ada's remuneration package and how she fills in her working day. Regarding your list of A) to C) are you really sure this is a priority for the council, because the Council won’t even listen to the eligible voting public. My “banging on about a Labour-elected Council is ruining the town”, is also making the electorate aware of the Council incompetence. Just to back-up my statement, please note the mentality of a Billingham Labour Council employee, Dianne Rickaby :- “Yes, we have made a few misdemeanours with the flowers and such like but all that has stopped now. Members even pay for their tea and coffee themselves now, and are actually out of pocket.” And for your information I have already put wheels in motion to move out of the country, but being an Englishman at heart; you can’t help but dislike injustices.
https://www.whatdoth
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[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: Lionel1 (The Darlington Council Spokesperson), it’s nice to see you have raised your head after you were embarrassingly out manoeuvred in a previous debate. Obviously you are content with Ada's remuneration package and how she fills in her working day. Regarding your list of A) to C) are you really sure this is a priority for the council, because the Council won’t even listen to the eligible voting public. My “banging on about a Labour-elected Council is ruining the town”, is also making the electorate aware of the Council incompetence. Just to back-up my statement, please note the mentality of a Billingham Labour Council employee, Dianne Rickaby :- “Yes, we have made a few misdemeanours with the flowers and such like but all that has stopped now. Members even pay for their tea and coffee themselves now, and are actually out of pocket.” And for your information I have already put wheels in motion to move out of the country, but being an Englishman at heart; you can’t help but dislike injustices.[/p][/quote]https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/c ost_of_the_uk_youth_ parliament Timb67
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12:24pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Lionel1 says...

BMD wrote:
Lionel1 (The Darlington Council Spokesperson), it’s nice to see you have raised your head after you were embarrassingly out manoeuvred in a previous debate. Obviously you are content with Ada's remuneration package and how she fills in her working day. Regarding your list of A) to C) are you really sure this is a priority for the council, because the Council won’t even listen to the eligible voting public. My “banging on about a Labour-elected Council is ruining the town”, is also making the electorate aware of the Council incompetence. Just to back-up my statement, please note the mentality of a Billingham Labour Council employee, Dianne Rickaby :- “Yes, we have made a few misdemeanours with the flowers and such like but all that has stopped now. Members even pay for their tea and coffee themselves now, and are actually out of pocket.” And for your information I have already put wheels in motion to move out of the country, but being an Englishman at heart; you can’t help but dislike injustices.
Wow BMD, thanks for the warm welcome - can't quite remember that but I'll take your word for it!

As a Darlington Council tax payer you are entitled to question the salary and prioritisation of the Chief Exec's work like anyone else, and if you don't feel that this is worthy then that's your opinion. From my perspective I'd be more alarmed if the local authority did not get involved the scheme considering the number of academies and college's that took part in the Borough. If they had of shunned the programme what sort of message does that send out?
I'd also have thought that you'd be in favour of these enthusiastic students wanting to learn about local governance considering how inept you believe the current regime to be. If you want the best people in jobs you have to invest time (sometimes not for an immediate return), get them interested in delivering local services so that the talent that we have doesn’t migrate South (as is the current trend)!! But you know all that anyway...

Good luck with the move...
[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: Lionel1 (The Darlington Council Spokesperson), it’s nice to see you have raised your head after you were embarrassingly out manoeuvred in a previous debate. Obviously you are content with Ada's remuneration package and how she fills in her working day. Regarding your list of A) to C) are you really sure this is a priority for the council, because the Council won’t even listen to the eligible voting public. My “banging on about a Labour-elected Council is ruining the town”, is also making the electorate aware of the Council incompetence. Just to back-up my statement, please note the mentality of a Billingham Labour Council employee, Dianne Rickaby :- “Yes, we have made a few misdemeanours with the flowers and such like but all that has stopped now. Members even pay for their tea and coffee themselves now, and are actually out of pocket.” And for your information I have already put wheels in motion to move out of the country, but being an Englishman at heart; you can’t help but dislike injustices.[/p][/quote]Wow BMD, thanks for the warm welcome - can't quite remember that but I'll take your word for it! As a Darlington Council tax payer you are entitled to question the salary and prioritisation of the Chief Exec's work like anyone else, and if you don't feel that this is worthy then that's your opinion. From my perspective I'd be more alarmed if the local authority did not get involved the scheme considering the number of academies and college's that took part in the Borough. If they had of shunned the programme what sort of message does that send out? I'd also have thought that you'd be in favour of these enthusiastic students wanting to learn about local governance considering how inept you believe the current regime to be. If you want the best people in jobs you have to invest time (sometimes not for an immediate return), get them interested in delivering local services so that the talent that we have doesn’t migrate South (as is the current trend)!! But you know all that anyway... Good luck with the move... Lionel1
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