Four new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) have been elected to represent North Ayrshire.

Five candidates put forward their manifestos to prospective voters outlining why they deserve to take on the important role.

And from November 8-19 young people aged 12-25 from across North Ayrshire had been voting for the candidates they wanted to represent them at the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The total number of votes cast was 1,013. There were 88 spoiled votes, bringing the total number of valid votes to 925.

And the newest batch of young politicians was officially announced by North Ayrshire’s Returning Officer, Craig Hatton, on Tuesday (November 23).

Justin Jones and Pyper Quayle have been elected to be the voice of their peers in Cunninghame South.

Justin Jones said: “I believe that every young person should have a voice in concerns that matter to them. Why should we, young people, not have a say? Why should we not get to make the decisions and question the decision makers on their views? As your MSYP, I will enable youth voice and promote SYP priorities and lead conversation that creates positive change for young people across Scotland.”

Pyper Quayle said: “I want to make a difference. I want to be a voice for young people and speak up for what is right. I want to make Scotland a better place - the best place. I’ve always looked up and admired women with strong beliefs, empowered and independent females give us hope. I hope that I too can inspire young people and communities.”

The results have named Logan Gilmour and Mais Al Diri as MSYPs for Cunninghame North.

Logan Gilmour, said: “During my time as a MSYP, I want to see the cost of going to school greatly diminished, more LGBT rights, equalities and support, mental health services greatly improved, and poverty near-non-existent. Regardless of what you have to say, I will listen to you all, and I will do everything I can to make sure that your issues are heard and dealt with appropriately and effectively.”

Mais Al Diri, said: “As your MSYP, I will be a voice for young people who don’t have the chances and opportunity to speak up. I trust that my ideas will represent your issues. I will do my best to make positive change within my community and I will make sure your voice is heard whether it is a small change or a big change. I will support you within y

They will officially take on the role in June next year for a two-year period.

Returning Officer, Craig Hatton, said: “I would like to congratulate Logan, Mais, Justin and Pyper on being elected as North Ayrshire’s new MSYPs.”

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Participatory Democracy added: “It was a real pleasure to attend the evening. It takes guts to put yourself forward for an election, and for that, all of the candidates should be incredibly proud of themselves for stepping up and putting themselves in the running.”