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Mete Coban

Councillor for Stoke Newington & CEO of My Life My Say

Mete Coban, 25, is the Chief Executive of My Life My Say and Councillor for Stoke Newington. As the co-founder and visionary behind MLMS, he has led the movement for over three years. He is best known for running collaborative national campaigns, pioneering digital democracy, and promoting an ethos of inclusive community engagement. Mete’s success at MLMS is most credited for his work in helping set-up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Better Brexit for Young People to help create a structured engagement platform between young citizens and parliamentarians during the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU. He is also best known for heavily contributing to the increase of youth voter registration and turnout in the UK 2017 General Elections through MLMS’ involvement in the national voter registration #TurnUp campaign. Mete was elected as the youngest ever Councillor in the London borough of Hackney for Stoke Newington at the age of 21. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Working in Hackney scrutiny commission and was appointed by the Mayor of Hackney as the Youth Employability Champion for the borough in May 2017. Soon after the 2015 UK General Elections, Mete began working for Sadiq Khan’s selection campaign in his bid to become the Labour party’s candidate for the Mayor of London elections in May 2016. Mete’s role on the campaign had a particular focusing on engaging Sadiq Khan with young voters. He helped set-up the #DareToDream campaign, which was aimed at crowdsourcing the views of young Londoners to help inform the manifesto. Alongside his role as a politician and activist, Mete was appointed as a football scout for Arsenal FC’s youth department. After spending three seasons at Arsenal, he signed for Southampton FC as a scout. He has a keen interest for identifying young talented footballers and is passionate about the guidance young football players receive when developing as professional footballers.

We Are Disenfranchised Even When We Vote

The future of our jobs and prosperity for young people is now at risk. Growing up as a young person in Britain is not easy. We are often referred to as the apathetic generation and in most cases, the generation that is not worth engaging with because we are less likely to vote.
26/06/2016 21:59 BST

Black Monday: The Bigger Picture

Black Monday is the reason why Britain needs to step up its role in the European Union and the global arena. Those who have persistently argued that Britain needs to leave Europe completely disregarded the impact of globalisation and the growing economic interaction between states.
27/08/2015 00:01 BST