Teen chosen to fight for MP seat in Wealden

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An 18-year-old student from St Leonards has been selected as Labour’s candidate to fight for the seat of Wealden at next year’s General Election.

Solomon Curtis, of Norman Road, was chosen to contend the seat in May’s poll and if successful could become the country’s youngest MP.

The selection follows the teenager’s recent unsuccessful attempt to be chosen as the Labour candidate to fight for the Battle and Bexhill seat.

Solomon’s impressive rise to prominence began at the tender age of 12 while a pupil at Robertsbridge Community College.

He said he lied about his age to join the Labour Party claiming he was 15 when he was only 12. The joining age is 14. And he even turned down a chance to become a prefect at 15 as he felt his voice would be better heard.

After successfully completing his A-levels at Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells, Solomon is now studying for a BA degree in Politics at Sussex University.

He is now preparing to start canvassing on the doors around Uckfield and Crowborough as the countdown to Thursday May 7 approaches. The current MP for Wealden is Charles Hendry who represents the Conservative party.

Solomon said: “I am very excited about being selected and will do my very best. I know the area quite well as I have represented East Sussex as a Member of Youth Parliament during 2012 and 2013. I am passionate about politics and want to see a more representative parliament with more MPs under 30, more female MPs and more MPs from ethnic minorities. I want to be an MP in the future so this will give me a lot of experience. I have been well-supported and I am looking forward to the next five months.”