A 21-year-old Nottingham Trent University student, is one of the youngest candidates in the General Election standing for the Green Party in North East Derbyshire.
Frank Adlington-Stringer, a Politics and International Relations student who originally was a Labour Party member but rescinded his Labour membership and joined the Greens as they “stood up for his values and replicated something identical to what he believed”.
“People see me as a fresh face with fresh thinking, someone who is genuinely scared for the future, scared for their children and grandchildren’s future”
Despite his age and student status he said he had, “never felt discriminated against”. He added: “Sometimes it actually helps as being a young person in politics as it is something different than other older politicians who can be in it for their careers and disconnected from the young people”.
“People see me as a fresh face with fresh thinking, someone who is genuinely scared for the future, scared for their children and grandchildren’s future.”
He attended his first meeting around the same time as North East Derbyshire Greens were selecting their council candidates for the May elections and by his second meeting he was selected as candidate for Wingerworth, Chesterfield – his home town.
Mr Adlington-Stringer said he went from “being a member who wanted to be active and get involved to getting caught up in the real campaigning and being a candidate myself”.
“Environment is something I have always cared about, I was always outside, had a very nature driven childhood,” he said.
He said he is managing to balance campaigning and his studies but has two essays due for the day after the election, for which he is trying to get an extension. He added he is finding it difficult but “it is aiding his future and adding to his degree”.
Mr Adlington-Stringer is looking towards the 2020/2021 local elections in Derbyshire and wishes to be elected for a seat there.
He said: “I want to be able to push for change and bring a Green voice for Derbyshire.”
Also standing in North East Derbyshire are:
Chris Peace (Labour)
Lee Rowley (Conservative)
Ross Shipman (Liberal Democrat)