Young people went to the polls this week and have elected a new Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor of Islington, as well as the borough’s new London Youth Assembly Member.

Tyra Bannerman-Hull has been named the new Young Mayor of Islington and Ameera Abdi will be her deputy, while Eva-Marie Pornaris is the new London Youth Assembly Member for Islington. They were elected by their fellow youth councillors on Monday 12 February and will hold office for a year. Tyra and Ameera will be responsible for representing Islington’s Youth Council at civic events and award ceremonies.

Tyra said: “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity. I am looking forward to representing Islington Young People at civic events. My inspiration and hero is my mum.”

Ameera said: “I am so happy to be able to represent the youth council, now in my new role as Deputy Young Mayor. I know it’s a serious role, but I hope to have fun, too. My inspiration and heroes are my friend Sabriya and my family.”

Eva-Marie said: “I feel amazing and excited to be elected the London Youth Assembly Member for Islington and voice the concerns of the borough’s young people. I am looking forward to improving young people’s health with fellow Youth Assembly Members. My inspiration and hero is Michelle Obama.”

Cllr Michelline Safi-Ngongo, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Congratulations to Tyra, Ameera and Eva-Marie on their election; I look forward to working with them all. We’re determined to make Islington a great place for our children and young people to grow up, and an essential ingredient in making that a success is listening to young people and working together to build a better future for the borough.”

The Islington Youth Council is elected every two years but the positions of Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor change annually to give more of the Youth Council’s members the opportunity to hold office.

Youth councillors are responsible for making sure the opinions of young people in Islington are heard by campaigning for the needs and interests of their young electorate. Youth councillors also work with council officers and elected members to ensure young people have a key role in planning, designing, delivering and reviewing services.

Find out more about Islington Youth Council at or follow them on Instagram or X (formerly Twitter) @IslingtonYC


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