TEENAGER Shay Miah has vowed to stand again next year after a promising debut as a Labour candidate.
The 18-year-old, who is a student at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, came fourth in the Seaton Ward with 329 votes – or 17 per cent of the vote.
Shay, who has a keen interest in politics, said he was pleased with his overall performance and confirmed he would definitely be looking to stand for election next year in an ongoing bid to get younger people in town enthused about Local Government.
The second-year student is also Hartlepool’s elected member of the youth parliament and is studying politics, law and business studies at the Blakelock Road college.
Shay told the Mail: “It is quite unusual to get such a young candidate standing but I was keen to do so because I wanted to show that politics isn’t just about older people.
“It has been a phenomenal experience for me, I have learned an awful lot and enjoyed being a candidate.
“I am studying politics at College and I will be hoping to fight for election again next year.”
Shay lost out to UKIP’s Tom Hind, while independent candidate Sue Little came second and Graeme Measor, of Putting Hartlepool First, came third. Conservative candidate Jayne Wells was last.