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The youngest candidate in the upcoming London Assembly election said “more young people need to get involved in politics”.

Standing in the constituency of Greenwich and Lewisham, Liberal Democrat candidate Chris Annous is just 22, making him the youngest candidate in this year’s election.

The Oxford graduate, who studied alongside activist Malala Yousafzai, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that “sometimes you have to be the change you want to see” before he runs for election to the Assembly. London.

Mr Annous said: “A lot of people my age and my generation felt disenfranchised because of some of the decisions that were made on us and forced on us.

“I joined the Liberal Democrats after the Brexit referendum. I was too young to vote at the time. It started, but I never thought of running as a candidate until the summer.

The government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Mr Annous, were two of the main catalysts that led him to run for the London Assembly.

He said: “Everyone my age was demanding a change, but no change was happening. And, to me, it’s a symptom of how young people and our interests and values ​​are completely ignored by the political establishment.

The Liberal Democrat candidate added that “young people getting involved in politics is very necessary”, but “the two main parties, Labor and Conservatives, often ignore young people”.

On May 6, Chris Annous hopes to overthrow Len Duvall of Labor, who has held the seat since the Assembly was formed in 2000, when Mr. Annous would have been.

Conservative candidate Charlie Davis, himself in his late twenties, and Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah of the Green Party, whose daughter Ella died from toxic air pollution by a coroner last year, also hope to topple the Labor leader of the London Assembly.

British reformist candidate Edward Apostolides and Independence Tan Bui will also be on the ballot for voters in Greenwich and Lewisham.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-04 15:30:00