ELECTION fever is building as young voters in Blackburn with Darwen go to the polls to vote for their new youth MP.

Hundreds of young people have been voting to decide who will represent them.

A key role of the youth MP will be to listen to his or her peers and to lobby on behalf of them nationally and locally.

The youth MP sits on the executive board as an observer, along with the deputy youth MPs.

Seven teenage candidates have been giving their views on how they could represent the young people of the borough.

Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “We have one of the youngest populations in the country, so their views are very important.”

Votes will be counted on Monday, with the result announced at 4.30pm at Blackburn town hall.