Witnessing democracy in progress – then off to school
A BUDDING politician was ‘buzzing’ to be at his first election count.
Will Rance, 17, from Amersham, went to the Chesham & Amersham count with Conservative candidate for Chesham Bois and Weedon Hill Mimi Harker to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look.
The Berkhamsted School year 12 pupil, who donned a Conservative rosette, is hoping to study politics at university and hopes to stand as a candidate in the future.
Speaking about his first experience of a count, he said: “I’m absolutely buzzing, it’s great to go behind the scenes. I thought it’d be a great opportunity to come and see how it all works.”
Will was disappointed that he missed out on voting this time by six months, but he believes it is important for young people 18 and over to vote.
He added: “It’s very important and it’s a massive opportunity for young people, if they don’t vote they can’t have a moan. It gives them a chance to have their say on the Government and issues.”
Speaking about why he decided to back the Conservatives, Will said: “It’s just because of their general policies, the tax breaks offering people more choice with their money and they have also created 1.7million jobs in the last five years and rescued the economy. It’s better than the situation we would have been in under a Labour government.”
Dedicated Will stayed until the result at about 6.30am and then went to school for 9am.