The Kettering candidates hoping to be among UK's youngest councillors

The three candidates, with a combined age of just 65, are standing for election next month

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:46 am
L-R: Alex, Axel and Kyle.

Three aspiring politicians are hoping to become some of the youngest councillors in the country when Kettering goes to the polls next month.

Kyle Patel, Alex Kularatnam and Axel Kularatnam have a combined age of just 65 and are all standing for the Labour Party in elections for the new Kettering Town Council on May 6.

Having lived in the town for most of their lives, they decided to step up and be the change they want to see.

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English teacher Kyle, 22, said: "It's time for young people to demand a seat at the table.

"We can provide significant insights to make our community work for everyone.

"The old borough council seemed content for things to stay as they are, but we need to broaden the debates. Too often, the old council didn’t seem to listen.

"With a new council, we can focus on new initiatives where everyone can be part of the process. These are changing times: we’ve all learned a lot over the past year. Covid and the climate emergency have given us a reality check - now it is time for a change.”

Analyst Alex, 23, said: “A strong Labour council is essential if the town wants to look to the future. The high street is slowly decaying, bus routes have been unfairly changed, and the Conservative’s sobering message is ‘keep with it’.

"A Labour town council will be ready to challenge this useless motto and we ask voters to join us in building the stronger alternative.”

Student Axel, 20, added: “The upcoming elections present an opportunity for a new beginning. With the challenges facing Kettering, it is crucial our local council is prepared and ready to make the correct decisions for all those living in Kettering.

"Together we can form a council which works for all voters, across all issues and all-party lines, championing matters which will affect our present and future lives.

"Kettering needs to be a place where young people can build their futures: not a place-holder until you get older.”

Kyle Patel is standing in the Pipers Hill Ward. He is up against Glenn Binley (Ind), Robin Carter (Con), Mel Gosliga (Lib Dem), Anne Lee (Lab), Mark Rowley (Con) and Simon Stokes (Green).

Alex Kularatnam is standing in the St Peters Ward. He is up against Geri Coop (Green), John Padwick (Lab), Anup Pandey (Con) and Martyn York (Con).

Axel Kularatnam is standing in the William Knibb Ward. He is up against Daniel Perrett (Con), Stephen Silver (Lib Dem) and Keli Watts (Lab).