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Election '15

The New Wave: Lib Dems

Profiling the young hopefuls looking to make waves at the UK's Election '15, we meet the Lib Dem candidates for Camberwell and Peckham and Liverpool Wavertree.

by VICE UK
May 5 2015, 6:05pm

This article originally appeared on VICE UK.

In this new series we travel around the country, from Durham to Glasgow to Peckham, to meet the new wave of young politicians and activists looking to make an impact upon the general election. With intense canvassing campaigns, some managed by the candidates' mothers, the fresh faces of British politics have swapped all the things that young people normally spend their time doing for a shot at shaking up Westminster.

After he reneged on the promises he made to students in the run-up to the last election, many lost faith in Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. But Leo Evans and Yahaya Kiyingi, two young people running to represent their constituencies, are firm believers in its message: "a stronger economy and fairer society."

Leo, a Lego-loving student with inspirational quotes from Game of Thrones taped to his wall, is running in Liverpool's Wavertree constituency on top of his studies. With lectures and seminars every day, he runs his campaign in the evening. He's a huge football fan and hates to miss a game for a debate.

Yahaya was born in Uganda and moved over to the UK when he was four-years-old. His mom is a nurse for the NHS and has felt first hand the effect of the cuts on patient care. Growing up as a black man on an estate in South London, Yahaya feels that he can represent those who have become disenfranchised by politics. Inspired by Barack Obama, Yahaya believes that, by having a stake at the top table, he can change the system from the inside—and plans to start by campaigning in his borough of Camberwell and Peckham.

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