LOMOND School pupil Beni Ray has been elected to the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Beni, 17, will represent Helensburgh and Lomond for the next two years after defeating sitting MSYP Stephanie Thomas.

Speaking to the Advertiser during the campaign, Beni, an S5 pupil at Lomond School, said: “I've often heard candidates say they want to give people a voice, but not many are able to make a change to young people's lives, and that's something I'm really keen to do.

“The prospect of being able to change the country at a young age is daunting as there are so many possibilities with what can happen.

"I want to be an MSYP because I feel like it is something that I would not only enjoy but take great pride in."