Search

Council election 2014: Lib Dem graduate pledges to stand up for young people

09:45 28 April 2014

Bradley Hillier-Smith. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Bradley Hillier-Smith. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

University graduate Bradley Hillier-Smith has vowed to get young people’s voices heard in Camden if elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor.

The 22-year-old, who graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a 2:1 degree in history and politics last year, is standing as a candidate for Belsize ward in next month’s election.

After leaving university, Mr Hillier-Smith said a period of “introspection” helped him realise that, as a liberal, the Liberal Democrat Party was “ticking all the boxes”. He said engaging young people with politics is his most passionate cause.

“A big motivating factor [for standing as a councillor] was engaging young people in politics,” he said. “It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. I think it’s a crying shame that such a small percentage of people get out and vote.

“Politics can ignore or worse misrepresent the views of young people so I think it’s really important to get their views heard. “If 100 per cent of young people voted I think we’d live in a more liberal, tolerant society. My unique selling point is that I’m campaigning for young people and I want young people’s voices to be heard in local politics.”

Mr Hillier-Smith splits his time between a flat in King’s Cross he shares with friends and his family home in King Henry’s Road, Primrose Hill. Since leaving university he has been working as a creative editor for Live Mag UK, a multimedia outlet for young people.

He said his three priorities as a Belsize councillor would be to reverse funding cuts to Belsize Community Library, find a permanent base for Abacus Belsize Primary free school and to develop programmes with youth project The Winch.

Mr Hillier-Smith said he did not feel betrayed by his party’s broken 2010 election pledge to oppose a rise in university tuition fees.

He added: “As a general rule, I don’t agree with tuition fees. In 2010, the Lib Dems were the only party saying no to a rise in tuition fees. We lost that election.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

56 minutes ago
Julietta

Pedro Almodovar returns to the screen in Julieta, based on short stories by Nobel prize winner Alice Munro.

Yesterday, 18:56
Sandun Dias hit 85 for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate hauled themselves out of the drop zone again as the weather helped them to secure a narrow victory at Enfield in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

Yesterday, 17:03
Hungry: Liam Gallagher (Picture: Adam Butler/PA)

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has revealed he once pelted former Hampstead neighbour Jamie Oliver’s windows with stones and demanded a bacon roll.

Yesterday, 17:00
Steel magnolias  LHPHOTOSHOTS

It may be widely known as a film, but Steel Magnolias translates well to the intimate setting of The Hope Theatre.

Yesterday, 17:00
You could live like Sienna Miller for just £9,750 a month

Rumour has it the actress has put her Queen’s Park home - with it’s Matthew Williamson and Kelly Hoppen interiors - up for rent

Yesterday, 13:54
Jordan Gregory bowls for North London. Pic: Max Flego

North London skipper Sam Bardon is optimistic that victories in the two remaining games will give his side a good chance of promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three.

Yesterday, 13:48
This week's big buy has some beautiful period features

This week we have a restoration property you can really sink your teeth into, plus to a beguiling family home in Highgate Village

Yesterday, 12:44
Liam O'Driscoll was the pick of North Middlesex's bowlers with three wickets, and he then hit 53 off 58 balls with the bat. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex extended their remarkable winning run to eight matches but remain second with just two games left in the title race after leaders Teddington also came out on top.

Results

Hampstead and Kilburn

  • Tulip Siddiq (Labour)
    23,977 (44.4%)

Finchley and Golders Green

  • Mike Freer (Conservative)
    25,835 (50.9%)

Holborn and St Pancras

  • Keir Starmer(Labour)
    29,062 (52.9%)

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now