Younger candidates vie for council seats

COUNCIL elections are attracting a young generation of candidates this year.

The Northumberland Labour Group is fielding six candidates under the age of 30 to vie for seats on town and county authorities.

Included in the list are Scott Dickinson, of North Broomhill, and Otis Gilbert, of Mitford.

Mr Dickinson, 29, has served on East Chevington Parish Council and fought for the Chevington and Longhorsley county council seat in 2008, but was beaten into second place.

Now he is trying his luck in the newly-formed Druridge Bay ward, where he will come up against Lindsay Arkley, for the Liberal Democrats, and Conservative candidate Daniel Hedley.

Mr Gilbert, 19, is fighting for a county council seat in the Longhorsley Division. He is up against Northumberland Conservatives’ Deputy Leader Glen Sanderson, David Cox, of the UK Independence Party, and Charles Jevon for the Liberal Democrats.

Standing for Ashington Town Council is Liam Lavery, the son of Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said: “This election should be about the future of Northumberland and we need to make sure young people are represented in the decision-making structures of the council. We’re pleased to have such a talented and hard-working group standing for election this time around.”