Up for political challenge - this is Soloman ready to go

Could this be the fresh face of change in the local political scene?

He is just 17, but ambitious teenager Soloman Curtis hopes so because he wants to challenge old timer Greg Barker as MP for Bexhill and Battle.

Solomon is a student who is standing for selection to be the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate.

He told the Observer: “I believe I am the high-profile candidate who can deliver a cost-effective, high energy campaign.

I ran an election campaign in 2012 for James Bacon who stood in the Hastings Council elections for Maze Hill ward, one of the safest Tory Wards in the South East where the Tories would receive 60% of the vote and Labour just over a third of that. We ran a high-energy, cost effective campaign with no central party support and came 44 votes away from winning.

“I’m currently the Vice Chair of the British Youth Council/UK Youth Parliament, one of the largest international youth voice charities where I am responsible for campaigns and therefore run campaigns such as the Votes at 16 campaign.

I also served as the Member of Youth Parliament for Bexhill and Battle for 2 years.

I went to primary school at Sedlescombe and secondary school in Robertsbridge so I was educated in Bexhill and Battle and have a passion for education. I never enjoyed school but I loved education. That is why I am so passionate about education and improving social mobility in areas like Sidley.

I would be the youngest parliamentary candidate in UK history should I be selected.

Some people may question being young but that is what its all about. It’s about having the passion and enthusiasm to listen to people and the ideas and determination to change things. I’m an advocate for parliament being more representative of the population meaning more women. Well it also means younger people...At the moment the 18-24 electorate is heavily under-represented - a reason why they don’t vote.

I feel we are fortunate to have active elderly people in Bexhill and Battle changing our communities and I want to support and enhance us as a community to achieve something very special this election.

I hope that I can become the parliamentary candidate because I want to do politics differently in Bexhill and Battle. I believe the party needs to modernise locally using new forms of technology to engage with people.

I want to be a parliamentary candidate who can run a grassroots campaign, talking to people all the time. This election in Bexhill and Battle could be the most exciting election nationally! With the humiliation of the Liberal Democrats, I don’t want to be complacent and just assume people will support Labour, I want to prove to residents that they can trust me to make a real impact locally.”.