Orla

Portree High School's Orla MacLeod and Ruaridh Stewart from Plockton High have been elected as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch constituency.


The SYP is made up of around 150 young people aged from 14−25 across Scotland.[1] Representatives are known as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs). Every constituency area can elect a MSYP to represent the views and opinions of young people.

Ruaridh (2nd left)

In addition some MSYPs also attend representing Voluntary Organisations. The SYP meets three times a year.

The SYP campaign on various issues that affect Scotland's young people. The Youth Parliament has been an advocate for Votes at 16 since its inception in 1999 and has campaigned for it ever since. Notably ensuring that Young People could vote aged 16 and 17 in the Referendum on Scottish Independence.

The Scottish Youth Parliament have campaigned on a range of issues from their campaign on Equal Marriage - LoveEqually to their Young Carers Campaign - Care. Fair. Share. The Scottish Youth Parliament's current campaign is Speak Your Mind, a campaign focusing on the mental health of children and adolescents