Ayr has two new budding politicians, after the results of the Scottish Youth Parliament were announced last week.

Elliot Bisland and James MacArthur were among four young people standing to be elected as the representative for the Ayr constituency.

Ultimately, they came out on top and will now be the voice of young people in the area.

MSYPs have a duty to consult with young people in their constituency to identify areas of improvement, with the aim of seeking solutions alongside fellow MSYPs.

Elliot Bisland, commenting on being nominated as the MSYP for the area, said: “I’m delighted to represent Ayr constituency as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

“I have been impressed by the SYP’s track record, as they really can make a difference to the lives of Scotland’s youth.

“It’s great to have our opinions both valued and heard.

“I’m looking forward to my SYP journey and am hoping to further campaign the issues surrounding our mental health crisis, rural isolation and protecting our coastline.”

The Advertiser tried to contact James MacArthur but at the time of going to print had still not received a response.

His statement on running for the constituency reads: “If you are looking for someone who cares for what you believe in, wants to fight for your rights and represent you then I’m the person you should be voting for.”

Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown wished both of the new MSYPs well, she said in a Facebook post congratulating the pair: “It was great to attend Scottish Youth Parliament Election results on Monday night at Ayr Town Hall.

“Congratulations James MacArthur and Elliot Bisland for winning two seats to represent Ayr.

“ Looking forward to working together.”

Josh Kennedy MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, congratulated the young people who stood in the 2021 election and said: “We’ve witnessed fantastic campaigning from young people on the issues that matter most to them.

“Watching the campaign has given me confidence that SYP will be in the safe hands of passionate and inspiring young people for the next two years.”