Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Thurrock’s young candidates making an impression

Editorial Comment

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.


  1. All Young People should engage in politics – makes life more uncomfortable for those who think Politics owes them a living and all residents should give them respect even though they did try and bankrupt Unitary Thurrock.
    “Public Health Minister Anne Milton has claimed that people wanting to enter politics should wait until the age of 45. Ms Milton, herself aged 55, told the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool that it is only at that stage that you “know stuff”. Her comments will be seen as critical of the Coalition’s most senior figures; David Cameron, Nick Clegg and George Osborne are all under 45.” Report Today
    Good Luck to all but Labour Lads and Lasses are looking GOOD. “Come on you REDS……!”

  2. While I’m not a fan of Labour, I do like young people getting involved on all sides. She seems nice, which is unlike most Labour activist that I met who are just bitter and nasty people who think the world owes them something. Needless to say I won’t be voting Labour.


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