Five young people have launched their campaigns to become the next Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for North Ayrshire.

They are calling on their peers, aged 14-25, to give them their support when the voting stage opens on Monday, November 8, to Friday, November 19.

Across Scotland, around 150 MSYPs will be elected to represent young people in their local area.

In North Ayrshire, there are four seats up for grabs – two in Cunninghame South and two in Cunninghame North.

The four winning candidates will represent young people in North Ayrshire over their two-year tenure, starting in June 2022.

There are three candidates standing for election in Cunninghame North, Logan Gilmour, Erin McCluskey and Mais Al Diri

Logan Gilmour said: “If I become an MSYP, my term will 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.

"It is my promise that, if I become an MSYP, youth will grow up safer, healthier and happier.”

Erin McCluskey said: “I believe that you should vote for me if you want someone with the plenty of experience, patience, passion to help and support the various communities, and very friendly.

“I was nominated and won for the award from Scottish Youth Parliament, the award was – Local Hero 2021 – if that doesn’t tell you that I will do everything to ensure you are to be listened to, to be represented on both local and national levels, and to amplify your voice, then I don’t know what will.”

Maid Al Diri said: Young people should vote for me because I can 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.

“As an MSYP I would be able 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.

“If I become your MSYP, I will be able to provide you and support you within your full rights and make sure you know them at school and in your community.

As there are more candidates than seats available in Cunninghame North, it will come down to a public vote.

Voting takes place from November 8-19, with the result on November 23.

Returning officer for North Ayrshire Craig Hatton, said: “Young people play a vital role in our communities here in North Ayrshire, which is why we actively involve them and listen to what they have to say.

“Our MSYPs are central to this, and I am delighted that we have such high calibre candidates standing for the next SYP term.

“I would like to wish all candidates the very best of luck as they begin their campaigning.

“ look forward to announcing North Ayrshire’s four new MSYPs later next month.”