Often you will hear discussions about how to re-engage young people in politics. Well, a young man from St Leonards might have some suggestions. He’s Solomon Curtis and at 18 has just been selected as Labour’s candidate to fight for the seat of Wealden at next year’s General Election.
The Hastings and St Leonards Observer reports Solomon Curtis’s selection as the Parliamentary Candidate for Wealden, follows an unsuccessful attempt to be chosen as the Labour candidate to fight for the Battle and Bexhill seat. The paper says so keen was he to become a political activist, he lied about his age to join the Labour Party when just 12. After successfully completing his A-levels at Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells, Solomon is now studying for a BA degree in Politics at the University of Sussex.
Two years ago, Solomon was a Member of the Youth Parliament and spoke during their annual debate in the House of Commons about An Equal National Minimum Wage for All. He was also featured in a ITV Meridian news programme:
However his chances of becoming the youngest MP in the Commons this time are slim – at the last election in 2010, Labour won just 10% of the vote in Wealden.
CrowboroughLife will bring your more information about Solomon in due course, but in the meantime you can show him your support by following him on Twitter: @Solomon_Curtis.
At the last General Election, Charles Hendry MP was elected with an increased majority of 17,179. Once the constituency would have been considered one of the safest Conservative seats in the country. But the political landscape has changed dramatically, and now can anywhere be thought of as safe? When Nus Ghani was chosen to succeed Mr Hendry as Conservative candidate at an open primary, she might have through herself a sure fire winner. Even at the European Elections last year, in the Wealden district the UK Independence Party received 1,600 more votes than the Conservative Party. And since then the popularity of UKIP seems to go from strength-to-strength.
The previous Lib Dem candidate Chris Bowers, who came second in Wealden last time around, has gone off to fight against the Green MP, Caroline Lucas. It is not known who will replace him.
Next month the spot-light fall on Crowborough: The By-election for Crowborough West is head-to-head between the Conservative and the UKIP candidates. It is sure to be seen as a barometer for the General Election.