Scottish Youth Parliament

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Scottish Youth Parliament Ltd.
Company limited by guarantee
Industry Youth empowerment/representation
Founded 1999
Headquarters Edinburgh, Scotland
Area served
Key people

Jordan Linden MSYP (Chair)

Katie Burke MSYP (Vice Chair)

The Scottish Youth Parliament,[1] or SYP, is a politically-independent organization that aims to represent the young people of Scotland.

Composed of elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP's), they represent the views and opinions of young people aged from 12-25 across a range of constituencies all over the country. In addition Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP's) are also elected to represent Voluntary Organisations.

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 POVERTY: See It. Change It.


The Scottish Youth Parliament was launched on June 30, 1999 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh,[2] one day before the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament.

The group has previously held meetings in the General Assembly Rooms (former temporary home of the Scottish Parliament) in Edinburgh[3] and also within the new Scottish Parliament building.[4] It meets three times a year throughout Scotland.

Partner organisations[edit]

The Scottish Youth Parliament works with many other organisations, including Scottish Government, Oxfam Scotland, CIVICUS, Scottish Local Authorities, UK Youth Parliament, Funky Dragon, Northern Ireland Youth Forum, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, YouthLink Scotland, Highland Youth Voice, and the British Youth Council.


Years of Office Name Constituency/Voluntary Organization
2000–2001 Steven Jack STUC Youth Committee
2001–2002 Katrina Greig Hamilton North and Bellshill
2002–2004 Steven Kidd Motherwell and Wishaw
2004–2005 Paul Kane Glasgow Springburn
2005–2007 Rajiv Joshi Glasgow Govan
2007–2008 John Loughton Edinburgh North and Leith
2008-2008 Kieran Collins Edinburgh South
2009-2009 Sam Kerr LGBT Youth Scotland
2009–2011 Derek Couper Livingston
2011–2013 Grant Costello East Kilbride
2013–2014 Kyle Thornton Glasgow Southside
2014–2015 Louise Cameron Moray
2015–Present Jordan Linden Uddingston and Bellshill

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