Matthew’s aim­ing to raise voice for youth

Macclesfield Express - - LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015 -

THE YOUNGEST elec­tion can­di­date is hop­ing to shake things up in Macclesfield’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Aged 19, stu­dent Matthew Shar­rocks is the youngest per­son in Macclesfield stand­ing in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

He’s stand­ing as a Labour can­di­date in the Bolling­ton ward for Cheshire East coun­cil and in the Hurds­field ward for the new Macclesfield Town Coun­cil. Matthew, who is study­ing a de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy at Stafford­shire Uni­ver­sity, has been in­volved with the Labour party since he turned 19 last year, and soon be­came the Cheshire rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the party in the North West.

Matthew, a for­mer Tyther­ing­ton High School pupil, said: “Lot’s of young peo­ple I speak to are wor­ried about fi­nances and are anx­ious what could hap­pen to them in the elec­tion.

“The de­ci­sions made by gov­ern­ment af­fect us all no mat­ter what age you are. Many coun­cil­lors don’t un­der­stand what it’s like to be a 19 year old in Macclesfield un­der this gov­ern­ment.”

Matthew lives with mum Karen Shar­rocks, step­dad Martin Roper and sis­ter Erin, 17, on Bond Street, Macclesfield.

In the Bolling­ton ward, where two coun­cil­lors will be elected, Matthew is stand­ing against Lib­eral Democrats An­drew Hal­dane and Shirley Sockett, Con­ser­va­tives Bill Livesley and Jonathan We­ston and James Ni­chols and Amanda Stott from Bolling­ton First. He’s up against Brian Do­herty from the Green Party and Con­ser­va­tive Ber­nadette McKenna in the Hurds­field ward for the new Macclesfield Town Coun­cil.

●● Matthew Shar­rocks (left) on the cam­paign trail in Macclesfield, with Labour Par­lia­men­tary can­di­date Tim Roca

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