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A BRIGHT pupil from Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville came second in this year’s Chance to be Chancellor online competition.

Nicole Crosbourne, 14, impressed judges with her explanation of why and how public spending should be prioritised in these austere times. She came runner up out of 249 entries, narrowly beaten by London student Priyesh Patel, 15, named 2011 Youth Chancellor.

Last week, Nicole, along with Priyesh and eight other runners-up, presented the first ever Youth Budget to Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary at The Treasury.

The Youth Budget represents the opinions of more than 1,363 14 to 18-year-olds. The vast majority of young people – 84 per cent – recognised the need to cut public spending, choosing to make cuts on average of five per cent, which is £35bn, over the current spending review cycle.