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Liam’s first steps on Downing Street ladder

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15 year old Liam Richardson has been voted the young member of Parliament for Blackpool.

Photo Neil Cross 15 year old Liam Richardson has been voted the young member of Parliament for Blackpool.

A North Shore teenager is following in the footsteps of the likes of David Cameron and Ed Miliband after landing the job of Blackpool young member of Parliament.

Liam Richardson, 15, has taken the first step in his political career by landing the job which will see him represent the resort’s youngsters nationally.

Like any politician worth his salt in the 21st Century, Liam harnessed social media to win over his electorate in a campaign to win his seat, tweeting others to spread the word of his work.

The Year 10 pupil at Unity Academy has long held ambitions for a career in politics, hoping to use his love of the subject and debating to make a difference.

He said: “I want to let young people have their say in politics and improve the lives of young people.”

With the support of his English teacher Karl Moon and three friends he put up posters around school, gave a talk to his classmates and wrote a rousing election speech.

Liam, of Catterall Close, Blackpool, is the second Unity Academy pupil to win the position in just five years.

He added: “To win, I felt delighted, surprised and proud.

“Now I want to work for a better quality of life for young people, to get more of them involved in community projects in Blackpool and to develop links between schools and Blackpool Youth Voice.”

 

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