A TEENAGER from St Leonards who wants to become the youngest MP in Britain received a major boost when he met the Prime Minister and Prince Charles.
Solomon Curtis, 17, was one of 50 young ambsassadors chosen to attend a special function to mark Prince Charles birthday’s in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace.
The talented teenager, who can’t vote himself until next August, says he has just registered his interest to stand as the Labour candidate for Rother at the 2015 General Election.
And the 6’2” tall young man from Norman Road took it all in his stride as he met David Cameron at the Palace along with deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Milliband.
Solomon, who is vice chair of the British Youth Council, was invited to attend the launch of Step Up To Serve, a campaign to double the number of young people volunteering in the community by 2020.
“I was not nervous at all, “ he said. “I talked about the initiative to Prince Charles and Mr Cameron and they were very interested in it. It was an honour to meet them.”
Solomon’s rapid rise to prominence began at the age of 12 while a student at Robertsbridge Community College. He lied about his age to join the Labour Party claiming he was 15 when he was only 12. And he even turned down a chance to become a prefect at 15. He explained:
“I became interested in changing things at school and making it better for everybody, pupils and teachers. Some people might think I should be interested in other things at 12 but I was really quite passionate about it. I turned down becoming a prefect as I felt my voice would be better heard if I was not one. I met Hastings council leader Jeremy Birch when I was 11 and was out leafleting doors aged 12. They used to send me to the safe Tory letterboxes because I wouldn’t get shouted at.”
Solomon is currently taking his A-Levels at the Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells. He wants to study politics, philosophy and economics at university and already has offers from Manchester University, University of East Anglia and Royal Holloway University of London. But he is prepared to take a year out to stand in Rother in May 2015.
He added: “Some people may think I’m too young to stand as an MP. But that’s exactly what it’s all about, changing attitudes and getting more young people interested in politics. It’s a very safe Conservative seat but it would be great experience for the future.”
Hastings council leader Jeremy Birch said: “He presents himself very well and believes in our values.”