'I AM delighted to be writing in the Politician’s Opinion Column for the final time this year, and what a wonderful year it has been, a whole year dedicated to celebrating young people… and they’ve shown us what they’ve got to offer.

Reflecting on this past year, it is clear that I been busy. At the beginning of 2018, I became the first young person in the Kingdom, to be co-opted onto Fife’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, regularly attending meetings ensuring our young people have a voice and are heard on decisions that will impact on them first and foremost. Most recently working on the safe walk routes to school consultation, where I look forward to addressing this at Committee in the New Year.

Moving onto June, where I was delighted to have been elected as the Convener of the External Affairs, UK and International Relations Committee at the Scottish Youth Parliament. In this role, I have been working on issues involving Brexit, the Commonwealth, Votes at 16 and many more important topics. Of course, Brexit will continue to dominate my work, alongside the committees.

I also passed my policy motion on Adverse Childhood Experiences back in June, which has taken me to new places, trying to make Scotland the worlds first ACE Aware Nation, and trying to get love back into the core of government and the public sector. Most recently, I staged a ‘Youth Takeover’ event where I addressed the Executive Team of the Scottish Government (Highest level of the Civil Service) and look forward to continuing to work with them.

I have also been delighted to work on local issues such as bringing free WiFi into local schools through working with Fife Council on the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Initiative, which has been rolled out to several schools in the constituency already, with further roll out planned.

I have continued to lead on the work of Lochgelly High Schools: Pupil Improvement Committee, taking it from strength to strength alongside the new leadership team, and Headteacher. I look forward to continuing this work with all involved next year, where I am in no doubt, we will achieve more than we have already done so.

I would like to thank all the young people, council officers, friends, family, politicians, local schools and most importantly, you the readers, for your continued support through my work. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year for 2019!

If any young person (12-25) has an issue/concern they’d like me to raise, or wants to know more about my work, please get in touch by emailing Bailey-Lee.Robb.MSYP@sypmail.org.uk or following me on Twitter: @BaileyLeeMSYP '