OVER the last few years, it has been the Conservatives who have been putting forward young candidates for council. It has always been a controversial decision and many felt what happened at “Winegate” highlighted the dangers of too much too soon.
However, it is once again very encouraging to see all sides with a plethora of keen young candidates willing to be councillors.
Over the last few days, YT has interviewed Shane Hebb, Ben Gadsby and Gemma Robbins. All under 23 years of age and all with a political fire in their eyes that augurs well for the future. Whilst the Labour campaign is being co-ordinated by 25-year-old Richard Speight.
The Lib Dems have a phalanx of candidates in their mid-twenties.
It is noteworthy that Conservative MP Anne Milton has suggested that people wanting to enter politics should wait until they are over-45. Others say that you can travel ten thousand miles and still stay where you are.
It is important that both parties harness the enthusiasm and don’t let them fade away into obscurity.