Teen masterminds political campaign

Warren Ward, who is the election agent for Labour candidate Jed Sullivan.
Warren Ward, who is the election agent for Labour candidate Jed Sullivan.
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He will be too young to vote himself but a teenage political activist is hoping to play a key role in the outcome of this May’s General Election.

Warren Ward has been appointed as campaign manager and agent for Jed Sullivan who is fighting the Fylde seat for Labour.

The 17-year-old has been given the task of masterminding Mr Sullivan’s campaign making him one of the youngest election agents in the country.

Warren said: “I won’t be 18 until August so I just miss out on being eligible to vote at the General Election.

“One of Labour’s key policies is to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to have the vote.

“We are old enough to become company directors and old enough to join the Armed Forces, but not old enough to vote for the Government that makes big decisions over our futures.

“The Labour Party is committed to supporting young people, from our commitment to make sure that every young person is in a job or training to giving 16 and 17-year-olds the democratic right to vote.”

Warren has been active in the Labour Party since he was 14 when he successfully campaigned against the threatened closure of a youth centre in the Wirral, which is where he is originally from.

He hopes to forge out a future in politics, with hopes of fighting for a seat in Parliament himself one day.

He said: “I feel politics shouldn’t be a career but a calling, and my calling came when I was 14 and my youth centre was threatened with closure due to Government cuts. My path in politics is in the form of local issues and the community and if that does eventually lead to Westminster, then so be it.”

Warren left Birkenhead Sixth Form College in 2013 to pursue an apprenticeship in Jane Kennedy’s office, the 
Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, and has also addressed national union conferences on the need to engage young people in politics.

He added: “At a time when engaging young people in 
politics is on the political agenda, this is a massive step forward to empowering young people, giving us a voice in politics.

“Fylde Labour Party is leading the way.”

Mr Sullivan said: “As a proud youth worker, engaging young people in making decisions and taking responsibility has always been at the centre of my work.

“I was at the CYWU’s (Community and Youth Workers’ Union) national conference where Warren gave his keynote speech.

“He spoke so passionately of his devotion towards empowering young people and giving them a voice in politics.

“I believe Warren has a very promising future, of which I have no doubt will see in parliament one day.”