Labour candidate, 22, launches his election campaign

A 22-year-old has launched his election campaign as he bids to win a seat in Alnwick next year and become one of the youngest-ever county councillors.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:03 pm
James Matthewson has launched his election campaign. Picture by Rosie Davidson Photography

In May 2017, Northumberland County Council will hold an election and the electorate of the Alnwick ward will have to choose two councillors to represent them.

The current councillors are Gordon Castle, a Conservative, and Heather Cairns, a Liberal Democrat.

James Matthewson, who is representing Labour, hopes he can secure enough votes to clinch a seat.

Born and bred in Alnwick, James said: “I believe community is at the heart of our area and I personally want to see our towns and villages within Alnwick ward build on those close community relationships. I would seek community involvement at every opportunity.

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“One of the biggest issues, I think, facing Northumberland, and particularly Alnwick, is hidden poverty and people just making ends meet.

“If elected, I will become one of the youngest county councillors ever in Northumberland and will join areas such as Rothbury and Cramlington that are benefiting from young blood and fresh faces representing them.”

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