An Albany Academy pupil has been elected by her peers to be Chorley’s next youth MP.

Year 10 pupil Kelly Swaby is a member of the town’s ‘Youth Council’ and will now represent the youth of Chorley at county and national level.

It will mean regular trips to London to attend the houses of parliament for youth MP debates.

Kelly’s first campaign is to fight for the voter age to be lowered, in local and general elections.

Kelly has a two-year term as Chorley’s youth MP and will be attending a regional meeting at the end of the month to look at what matters affect young people in Lancashire.

After the meeting Kelly will decide what she feels she needs to campaign for.

She said: “It is good to be elected as Chorley’s youth MP. I am really happy to be chosen.

“I look forward to the next two years and being able to give the young people of Chorley a voice in democracy.”

Kelly has been involved in the Chorley Youth Council for the past two years and will remain a member. She is also part of the student voice at Albany Academy.

Jon Hayes, headteacher at Albany Academy, said: “We are incredibly proud of Kelly and her achievements.

“She has been an active part of the student council during her time at Albany and I know she will be an excellent representative for the young people of Chorley.”

Michelle Harlow, Kelly’s mum said: “I am so proud that Kelly is making a difference.

“I am sure she will do an excellent job.”