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Caister councillor, 21, to stand for Green Party in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:37 08 November 2014

Green candidate for the Yarmouth borough elections May 2014

Green candidate for the Yarmouth borough elections May 2014

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A 21-year-old has been selected as the Green Party’s parlimentary candidate for Great Yarmouth to stand in next year’s general election.

Harry Webb who set up the Great Yarmouth branch of the Green Party with leader Natalie Bennett at Hemsby looking at the flood surge damage.

Picture: James Bass

Harry Webb who set up the Great Yarmouth branch of the Green Party with leader Natalie Bennett at Hemsby looking at the flood surge damage. Picture: James Bass

Harry Webb, a Caister parish councillor, said he was “looking forward to giving the people a real option for positve change” after being selected by fellow party members through a ballot.

Mr Webb was born and raised in north Yarmouth and has lived in the borough his whole life.

The former Great Yarmouth High School pupil hopes his local knowledge will serve him well next May when the country goes to the polls, and believes he has a good understanding of the area’s problems, particularly employment which he has experienced first hand.

Mr Webb, who now lives in Caister, said: “Unfortunately the seasonal nature of the holiday industry is largely incapable of providing stable and lasting work for local people and their families to properly support themselves and build a life upon.

“This is why I would really like to see Great Yarmouth’s excellent renewable potential in the form of wind, wave and solar grabbed by both hands, invested in and developed further.”

Mr Webb, who has sat on Caister Parish Council for two years, works at a residential care home in Rollesby and said he is looking forward to the political campaign ahead.

“I’m the youngest candidate in Yarmouth as far as I know and possibly the youngest in Norfolk and the east,” he added. “I’m looking forward to the challenge and giving people my age who haven’t voted before a real option.”

He is now inviting local residents to come and meet him at a drop in session, and put any questions to him.

He said: “I want to hear your voices as I really am standing for the people and I want to discuss how I can best represent you and the wider town.”

The drop in session is being held in the Charles Dickens room at Great Yarmouth Library on Friday, November 21 from 10am - noon.

Businessman Alan Grey 
will stand as UKIP’s candidate for Great Yarmouth in next year’s elections, after he was formally approved by the national party.

Mr Grey served as a Conservative district councillor from 2008 - 2012, before he switched to the Euro-sceptic party.

The Great Yarmouth seat is believed to be among UKIP’s top firve targets next May.

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