Election dream to climbto the top

Green Party candidate Dan Wilshire. ANL-150402-124333001
Green Party candidate Dan Wilshire. ANL-150402-124333001
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An 18-year-old university student from Spalding will be flying a green flag for young voters in the parliamentary elections.

With just 90 days to go, the Spalding Guardian can reveal the Green Party candidate for South Holland and the Deepings is former Grammar School student Dan Wilshire.

Standing against more seasoned politicians may seem like a huge mountain to conquer for someone so young, but Dan says climbing is something he loves and voters should not dismiss him because of his age.

The economics student currently at Birmingham University says he wants “to engage disillusioned young voters in South Holland and the Deepings”.

He said: “I have chosen to stand in the General Election as I believe young people’s views are severely under-represented in parliament.

“I hope to show them that their vote can make a real difference.

“We will have to live with the future consequences of choices made by politicians, so I feel that we need to influence the policy of today for a better tomorrow.”

“In areas such as education, students like myself have the most recent knowledge of the system, including the financial impact of tuition fees.”

Dan has also confirmed he will appear at the Spalding Guardian’s Election 2015 hustings at the South Holland Centre on Thursday, April 23.

Five candidates have agreed to appear and Dan will take his seat on stage alongside Tory MP John Hayes, UKIP’s David Parsons and another young candidate, Labour’s Matthew Mahabadi (26).

He said: “It will be great to hear what the other candidates think are the main issues we face.”

There are just 68 tickets left for free event, with nearly 300 booked in the first few days they were made available.

Residents unable to attend the event need not worry – the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire free Press will be inviting questions for candidates that can be emailed to us to be asked on the night.

Tickets, limited to four per person, can be acquired from the South Holland Centre booking office by calling 01775 764777. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.