On February 10, 2011 the residents of St Ives went on to elect the youngest town councilor Tom Bletsoe of United Kingdom, in the by-elections. Tom Bletsoe, just a school boy, juggled canvassing with homework, and has now has become the new independent member of St Ives South, Cambridgeshire. In this early age he possesses a dream of becoming the MP.
As of 2011, Tom Blestoe, at a mere age of 18 years, is the youngest politician in Britain. He stunned his opposition by winning the election by 41% of votes. He had registered himself as an independent candidate. This school student will serve the town residents for the remaining 14 months, occupying the seat which was vacated by Rosemary Paget-Crowe. He is the first 18 year old to win a seat without any support of the local constituency party. Blestoe was of the opinion that party support is not necessary to win an election. This young and dashing politician has never been involved in any national party.
Interestingly, as all Blestoe’s friends were also of the age 18 or under, they were unable to vote for him in the election. He is an ‘A’ student in the St Ivo school and is undertaking theatre studies, history and biology. This politician has spent only 2 months campaigning for the election. Blestoe is so dedicated to his work that he has decided to take a year off, to concentrate on his new task towards the town. He will be opting night class in A- level politics before further studies. He is ready to deal with local problems and create awareness about politics among the other young generation. This, all he has decided while studying for his ‘A’ levels.
Presently, Tom Blestoe is in a process of trying for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the youngest councilor of the town in UK. This youngest politician is a future in politics and undoubtedly a competitor to look and fear for.