An aspiring young politician from Criccieth has been voted onto the first-ever Youth Parliament for Wales.

Ifan Price, aged 17, will represent the young people of the Dwyfor-Meirionydd area in Gwynedd on the Welsh Youth Parliament for the next two years.

The Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor student is one of 60 representatives aged 11 to 18 elected from a pool of over 450 nominees around Wales - 40 of which were named after 20,000 young people cast their votes in a nation-wide election in November.

The remaining 20 members were elected by young people from outside organisations.  

Ifan said:

Politics is something I have always had an interest in, so going for this was a bit of a no-brainer.

It's very exciting! I will be going down to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay three or four times over the next couple of years to sit in the chamber itself.

I initially heard about it during a trip with the Welsh BAC down to Aberystwyth and my friends all seemed to know I would be applying for it before I'd said anything - it's just definitely the kind of thing I'd love to do!

Ifan, who's studying his A-levels in History, English and Geography at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Pwllheli campus, initially applied for the Youth Parliament with a 200-word personal statement and outline of three policy areas he cares about - education, rights in the workplace and improving public services.

He then had to fight an election throughout November, visiting schools in the area and running assemblies to try to win the votes of young people.

His successful election means he will now have a chance to draw attention to his three main policy concerns, as well as sound-out young people in the area and take their input to parliament.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Principal Aled Jones-Griffith said:

This is a fantastic achievement and an exciting opportunity for Ifan.

We're very proud as a college to have him representing the young people of the area on what is the first Youth Parliament in Wales.

The Welsh Youth Parliament project was launched in November 2017, with the plan to host the first elections the following year.

The aim is to empower and listen to the young people of Wales by working directly with the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff.

Welsh Assembly Presiding Officer and Youth Parliament President Elin Jones said:

It's been a fascinating period of election - it's been a huge success.

Now all the young people in Wales have a voice in the Welsh Youth Parliament.

For more information about A-Level courses at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/a-levels.