A KEEN Clarets fan is hopeful he will become Burnley’s youngest councillor in an upcoming by-election.
Tom Watson (18) is one of six candidates standing in the Trinity ward by-election, on Thursday, September 13th.
The Thomas Whitham Sixth Form pupil, who lives in Scott Park Road, hopes to represent young people in the town, focussing on local issues and looking at the best ways to ensure residents feel safe.
Tom, who is standing for the Conservative Party, said: “We need a council representative of the population of Burnley and I want to help to represent the younger people in our area.
“I realise it’s going to be tough for many people my age and we need to make sure we don’t end up with a lost generation.
“We need to get young people into work and, on the back of the Olympics, I’d like to put some of my energy into inspiring that generation rather than consigning them to years of missed opportunities.”
Tom, who is chairman of a local Referees’ Society, has also expressed strong opinions on anti-social behaviour in Burnley, stating it is an area he would specifically like to clamp down on.
He said: “We need to cut out anti-social behaviour, which has been an issue in the area.
“We need to ensure people take responsibility for their own actions, while making sure there is something to keep young people occupied.
“I’d like to use some of my football experience to channel the minds and energy of some of the younger people”.
Derek Dawson (British National Party), Stephanie Forrest (Liberal Democrat), Tony Martin (Labour), Craig James Ramplee (UK Independence Party), and Steven Smith (National Front) are also standing in the by-election, which has arisen following the death of former Mayor of Burnley and Labour councillor Tony Lambert.
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