A passion for politics has tempted 15-year-old Dominic Richards to stand for West Suffolk in the UK Youth Parliament.
Dominic,a Samuel Ward Academy student from Haverhill, said: “My great grandfather was a union man, an old socialist, so I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
His great grandfather Eric Willis was also from Haverhill.
In his manifesto, Dominic says:”I think I would make a good MYP because I care about people and I will always stand up for people who cannot stand up for themselves.
“My politics will always benefit the majority of the people, no matter what race, religion or gender they are.”
On immigration he says: “I think it should be our moral obligation to help people who are less fortunate than us, that is why I am going to make a pledge to help the migrants fleeing from the merciless Daesh in the Middle East and not just migrants from countries in the European Union.
“This isn’t totally altruistic because it is proven that immigration actually boosts our economy.”
He wants to set up centres around Britain to help refugees but says all ‘financially stable’ immigrants should pay tax after a year.
He argues that the NHS is one of the country’s most important assets.
“I will promise to offer tough job security for every single member of staff in the NHS and we will support and listen to their unions,” he says. “Also, I will pay overtime for junior doctors working at the weekend.”
He recognises climate change as the ‘largest threat to our planet’ and adds: “I think internationally people look up to Britain so if we were to become a fossil fuel free country, people would follow in our footsteps.
“I would start this off by investing money in companies that specialise in carbon capture technology.”
He also wants to support solar energy and put solar panels on all new housing.
The other MYP candidate for West Suffolk is 15-year-old Oliver Nunn from Ousden.
There are hundreds of MYPs elected by young people across the UK, to represent the views of young people in their local communities. UKYP says it gives young people a voice that is heard by decision makers in local and national government.
All Suffolk candidates’ manifestos are at www.thesource.me.uk where there is also a link to the voting website where 11- to 18-year-olds can vote until June 5.