Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are rallying behind the Party’s teenage candidate in next week’s Winterbourne by-election, saying that he would be a “wonderful asset” to the Council and the district’s politics.
George Angus, who turned 18 in March, is already an experienced campaigner as an active member of South Gloucestershire’s Fair Funding for Schools campaign. He has addressed big public meetings and rallies both locally and in Bristol, and those who heard him have been impressed by his passion and eloquence.
Councillor Pat Rooney, the Leader of the Labour Group of councillors, says:
“Young people are massively under-represented on our Council, so I hope the voters of Winterbourne seize this opportunity to elect George on 22nd June. George has already proved that he is a committed fighter for fair funding for our schools, and he would bring a unique insight as well as energy to the Council. Our whole Group is keen for him to join us.”
Councillor Ian Boulton, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Group of councillors, adds:
“Since first meeting George I have been increasingly impressed with his energy and values. He would be a wonderful asset on South Gloucestershire Council and Winterbourne residents would be well served by someone of his calibre and drive.”
George Angus comments:
“As a young person raised in Winterbourne, I know very well how imperative local services are for those who depend on them. As part of the team of Labour councillors I would make sure the voices of those who are too often ignored are heard, fighting the Tory cuts which are so damaging to our schools and other public services.”
Winterbourne falls within the Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency where Labour's vote share went up by 15% at last week's general election – one of the Party's largest increases. The by election has been caused by the recent election of Tory Tim Bowles as Metro Mayor.