But more importantly, today we found out who the new UK Youth Parliament members are for Barnet!
Congratulations to Nadine Gerashy, Sogand Shaker, Temi Mwale and Nicolas Lucas, Barnet's new MYPs for this year!
Fortunately, I got to chat with all of the new MYPs for Barnet, and here's what they had to say!
"Over the next year, I'd like to get more people having a say and I want to change bullying. I know you can't stop bullying but you can decrease it- the answer to bullying is meeting people. I'll help people by starting volunteer groups to get more people socialising.
I think the UKYP achieves a lot, and I'm glad to be a part of it!
No, I don't want a career in politics! But if the Youth Parliament leads to other things for me, then that's great too."
"This year is going to be about teamwork for me and the other MYPs! I'm looking forward to it, and I'm sure we'll get on! The other winners had similar ideas to my own, so I'm sure we'll agree!
No, we're not going to move mountains this year, but we're making babysteps in the right directions. We're creating the foundations for new changes.
I'm not sure I'd like a career in politics! For me, the UKYP is a taster of what politics is like, so I can keep my options open. Politics has always been an interest of mine, so perhaps the UKYP is just stepping stones towards my future!"
"I really wasn't expecting to win! Of course, I'll keep going to Barnet Youth board and talking to young offenders, and a variety of religious groups, as I have been. I'll keep in contact with the other candidates, even the non MYPs and use their feedback.
This year will be about keeping realistic aims- so I'm going to focus on changing media perceptions of young people, which is more achievable than getting jobs for young people. But I will be working on that, starting with getting young people volunteer work. There's no pay at first, but it could begin to pay after a while.
No, I don't want a career in politics! This election has shown me how tough it is!"
I didn't quite catch Temi Mwale at the election results, but we spoke later over facebook and did a quick interview! Here's what she had to say!
"This year I will be backing whatever cause is mutally agreed. However I will be making sure to raise the concerns I have for the issues I campaigned for- Gang Culture in particular as that is a topic that is extremely close to my heart and relevant.
I have considered a career in politics however in my quest to change the world, I am more interested in the human rights aspect, which in its entirity affects the whole world.
So I centre my career goals around working for the UN in human rights, as a civil servant perhaps for the Foreign and Commonwealth sector or as a human rights laywer."