Kieron Wilson, 22, will be standing for the seat of Bournemouth East as an independent candidate, and says that if he is elected in as MP, he hopes to represent the voice of young people.
On mental health awareness week, the final year politics student at the University of Salford has also outlined plans if he is successful, to set aside some of his MP’s wage in order to set up a volunteer led mental health charity.
He said: “I decided to stand for MP because the demographic of Bournemouth is changing, and there are a lot of young people who live there, who I feel are not being represented as well as they could be. So I felt that I had to do something. I’m saying I will represent the voice of young people, and I really would encourage young people to make sure they go out and vote on June 8th. It’s important that young people get involved, because they are the future.”
Kieron, who is expected to graduate in July, says that one of the reasons that he wants to become a member of parliament, is because of his experiences of working in the National Health Service.
He continued: “It really concerns me what is happening with the NHS. I have volunteered as a housekeeper at a hospital for five years, and over that time I have been left feeling that the NHS will not be safe if it continues to be in Conservative hands. We should be proud of having a free health service.”
During his degree, Kieron has had the opportunity to take part in several political campaigns. Last year, he was selected by education programme 45 for the 45th to be involved in the US presidential election. 45ForThe45th aims to tackle the ‘political disillusionment’ of youth in the UK.
Kieron continued: “Going to Ohio to and being around the buzz of the US election was an amazing experience. I even had the chance to go to a Donald Trump rally, and while I don’t necessarily agree with his policies, it was an experience that I will never forget.”
Dr Daniel Lomas, lecturer in International History at the University of Salford, said: “It’s great to see that Kieron is standing in the General Election. When it’s been suggested that 18-21 year olds are less likely to become engaged in traditional electoral politics, we need to highlight the experiences of people like Kieron to show that young people are interested in having a say on how the country is run.
Kieron is an outstanding role model and it’s a joy to see our students supplementing their knowledge and passion for politics with active participation in the General Election and political campaigning.”
Kieron is standing in the general election on the 8th June for the seat of Bournemouth East. Other candidates who have been confirmed are the Conservative candidate Tobias Ellwood, Labour candidate Dr Melanie Semple, and Liberal Democrat candidate Jon Nicholas.
The deadline to register to vote is Monday 22nd May.