Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood, officially launched Eli Aldridge’s campaign at the Castle Street Centre in Kendal on Wednesday 10th May.
Eli, who at 18 is one of the youngest candidates in this year’s election was selected to contest Westmorland & Lonsdale for Labour.
Cat who was appointed Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs by Jeremy Corbyn in 2016 said “I am thrilled to be launching Eli’s campaign. It is so important that young people are engaged in politics. The Labour Party now has more young members than the entire UKIP membership! Eli is a tremendous candidate, showing that the Labour Party is on the up.”
Speaking to a packed room of supporters, Eli stressed the importance of education “The Conservative Party has shown a disregard for education. Many local schools have seen massive cuts to their budget. Stramongate Primary School will receive £471 less per pupil which could result in the loss of five teachers. Labour recognises the importance of a properly funded education system. A Labour Government will deliver a National Education Service which will provide people with access to education throughout their lives.”
Eli was born at Westmorland General Hospital on Christmas Day and is currently studying towards his A-Levels at Queen Katherine School in Kendal.
The Lord Clark of Windermere who chaired the meeting commented “I have known Eli for many years. He is a passionate, principled man who has all the attributes to be a success in politics.”
Eli with Cat Smith, Lord Clark of Windermere and Labour Supporters
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Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood, officially launched Eli Aldridge’s campaign at the Castle Street Centre in Kendal on Wednesday 10th May. Eli, who at 18 is one...
Labour candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale, Eli Aldridge, is today calling for more 18 – 24 year olds to register to vote.
Eli, who at 18 is one of the youngest candidates in this year’s General Election said “There are 2.4 million 18 – 24 year olds not registered to vote. One of my core aims is to try and engage younger people in the political process.”
“The turnout for this age group has traditionally been poor in comparison to older voters. It’s important that younger people lead the discussion on issues that affect them – such as tuition fees and restrictions on housing benefits.”
He continued “Polls show that the majority of younger people would prefer to see a Labour Government working for the many, not the few. This can only be achieved through the ballot box.”
Registering to vote is a simple process and takes just 5 minutes. To vote in the General Election on 8th
June, you need to register by 11.59 pm on 22nd
May 2017. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
and register to vote today.
Pictured: Eli Aldridge, Labour Candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale and young voters
Labour candidate for Westmorland & Lonsdale, Eli Aldridge, is today calling for more 18 – 24 year olds to register to vote. Eli, who at 18 is one of...