Luke, 18, is Labour’s youngest candidate for Keighley district elections

Luke Maunsell, 18, Labour’s youngest candidate to stand for election in the district

Luke Maunsell, 18, Labour’s youngest candidate to stand for election in the district

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An 18-year-old pupil has become Labour’s youngest election candidate to contest a Keighley district seat.

Luke Maunsell – who is studying for history, geography and English A-levels at Oakbank School in Keighley – has been chosen to fight Craven ward in the Bradford Council elections on May 22.

“I am delighted to have been selected,” said Luke, who turned 18 last October.

“Politics affects all of our lives, whether we are 18 or 88.

“I hope the fact I am standing will make young people in Keighley think for a moment about how great a thing having the right to vote is and how we should never take it for granted.

“I think it would be good for Bradford Council to have more young councillors to give a different perspective.”

The selection of Luke – who lives at Calton Street in Keighley – has been praised by the town’s prospective parliamentary Lab-our candidate, John Grogan.

And he hopes to encourage more young people to use their vote at the next general election in 2015.

“I am sure Luke has got a good future in politics ahead of him,” said Mr Grogan.

“Sadly, at the last general election, only 44 per cent of young people aged between 18 and 24 used their vote.

“I would like to see all schools doing more to teach the basics of our democracy and political system to students as they get close to the age of their first vote.

“I, myself, shall be writing to all young people in Keighley constituency, who are studying away at university or college but whose families live in the area, encouraging them to consider applying for a postal vote in good time for next year’s general election.”

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9:38am Thu 24 Apr 14

the_watcher86 says...

what a freak
what a freak the_watcher86
  • Score: -11

7:12pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

the_watcher86 wrote:
what a freak
He's not a freak - just oblivious to the sh!t he's letting himself in for :)
[quote][p][bold]the_watcher86[/bold] wrote: what a freak[/p][/quote]He's not a freak - just oblivious to the sh!t he's letting himself in for :) Little Green Man
  • Score: 9

1:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

beerandchips says...

Can't help thinking it'll all end in tears.
Not keen on career politicians with no life experience.
Can't help thinking it'll all end in tears. Not keen on career politicians with no life experience. beerandchips
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Still he's doing what he wants - nothing wrong with that, and he can't make much more of a mess of things than a lot of others with plenty of experience, good luck to him!
Still he's doing what he wants - nothing wrong with that, and he can't make much more of a mess of things than a lot of others with plenty of experience, good luck to him! Little Green Man
  • Score: 6

1:32am Sat 26 Apr 14

G_Firth says...

His hearts in the right place just a shame that his party is openly exploiting him in such a way as this.
Any party with an ounce of decency wouldn't allow someone of his age to be thrown to the lions.
Labour claim to be a non exploiting party, well that just got scrapped.
My advice to him would be don't take things to heart learn from the experience for later on in life, as you are on a tough seat there in Tory stronghold country, and try not to let Labour exploit you too much.
So good luck Luke and welcome to the arena
His hearts in the right place just a shame that his party is openly exploiting him in such a way as this. Any party with an ounce of decency wouldn't allow someone of his age to be thrown to the lions. Labour claim to be a non exploiting party, well that just got scrapped. My advice to him would be don't take things to heart learn from the experience for later on in life, as you are on a tough seat there in Tory stronghold country, and try not to let Labour exploit you too much. So good luck Luke and welcome to the arena G_Firth
  • Score: 4

2:35am Sat 26 Apr 14

Stevo54 says...

It might help if he bought a suit that fit him, this one looks like he just got demobbed.
It might help if he bought a suit that fit him, this one looks like he just got demobbed. Stevo54
  • Score: -8

4:58pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Stand up to bullies says...

Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go
Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go Stand up to bullies
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Stand up to bullies wrote:
Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go
Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :)
[quote][p][bold]Stand up to bullies[/bold] wrote: Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go[/p][/quote]Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :) Little Green Man
  • Score: -1

5:52pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Stand up to bullies wrote:
Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go
Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :)
[quote][p][bold]Stand up to bullies[/bold] wrote: Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go[/p][/quote]Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :) Little Green Man
  • Score: 0

8:53pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Shauny-Boy says...

Stevo54 wrote:
It might help if he bought a suit that fit him, this one looks like he just got demobbed.
It's the coat hanger he's left in his jacket that does it!
[quote][p][bold]Stevo54[/bold] wrote: It might help if he bought a suit that fit him, this one looks like he just got demobbed.[/p][/quote]It's the coat hanger he's left in his jacket that does it! Shauny-Boy
  • Score: -3

5:57pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Stand up to bullies says...

Little Green Man wrote:
Stand up to bullies wrote:
Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go
Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :)
Picking on someone's grammar just shows how weak you are as in doing this you are trying to take attention away from the fact that my comment is right (except for the grammar ) pathetic , old man
[quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stand up to bullies[/bold] wrote: Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go[/p][/quote]Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :)[/p][/quote]Picking on someone's grammar just shows how weak you are as in doing this you are trying to take attention away from the fact that my comment is right (except for the grammar ) pathetic , old man Stand up to bullies
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Stand up to bullies wrote:
Little Green Man wrote:
Stand up to bullies wrote:
Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go
Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :)
Picking on someone's grammar just shows how weak you are as in doing this you are trying to take attention away from the fact that my comment is right (except for the grammar ) pathetic , old man
Failure to be able to accept constructive criticism is a sure sign of insecurity - you sure your mother didn't take your dummy off you when you were too young? Like last week perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]Stand up to bullies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stand up to bullies[/bold] wrote: Instead on making nasty comments about him why not just se what happens. What happened to showing support. Would you rather him trying to do good for this town than being a local yob. Your all pathetic. Stop criticising before he's even had a go[/p][/quote]Not everyone criticized him, and its 'you're all pathetic' not 'your all pathetic' :)[/p][/quote]Picking on someone's grammar just shows how weak you are as in doing this you are trying to take attention away from the fact that my comment is right (except for the grammar ) pathetic , old man[/p][/quote]Failure to be able to accept constructive criticism is a sure sign of insecurity - you sure your mother didn't take your dummy off you when you were too young? Like last week perhaps? Little Green Man
  • Score: -1

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