Chair of the Youth Select Committee
Rachel Ojo,16, from Essex, is currently studying Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Economics at A-levels. She is an active member of the Basildon Borough Youth Council, the Young Essex Assembly and is also Co-Chair of the Basildon Borough Youth Strategy Group. As a Member of UK Youth Parliament, she has actively campaigned and spoken in parliament about women’s rights and transport. Rachel is extremely passionate about tackling knife crime because she sees young people feeling safe as a priority and wants to ensure that the voices of all young people are heard in society.
Vice Chair of the Youth Select Commitee
Susuana Senghor, 16, from Slough, is a former Slough Youth Parliament representative. She credits her work in the Youth Parliament for helping her gain experience in networking and setting up campaigns. She is excited to take up this opportunity in the Youth Select Committee to work with other young people and make a change. Susuana believes that through practicing thorough research and consistency, the Committee will be able to influence social policies and people’s attitudes to knife crime. Her other aims are to increase the government funding for youth centres and Community Support Officers.
Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament
Bailey-Lee, 17, has been a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for his local area of the Cowdenbeath Constituency since 2017. He recently took up the role of the Convener of the External Affairs, UK & International Relations Committee in 2018, working on a variety of issues including the Commonwealth and Brexit. Bailey-Lee is also a member of the Youth Advisory Board at the NSPCC. He has seen the impact of knife crime first hand in his area of Fife, and throughout Scotland, and wants to do what he can to reduce it.