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Is this Braintree’s next MP?

John Rentoul

225px George Canning by Richard Evans   detail 223x300 Is this Braintrees next MP?Tory Bear makes fun of a precocious press release from a 16- (or possibly 17-) year-old, Stephen Canning, who intends to be the next MP for Braintree and later prime minister. It’s cheap and it’s easy, so let’s join in: number 351 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No.

Is this Braintree’s next MP?

A 16 year old teenager from Braintree is fast cementing his place among Britain’s political elite. Stephen Canning who is studying A levels at Colchester Sixth Form College has been billed as the next potential MP of Braintree or even prime minister. As founder of the Braintree Youth Council and then Chairman of the Braintree Conservative Future, Stephen Canning quickly rose in the political ranks. But then he got bored. He wanted a bigger challenge. Much bigger. So he asked himself: What are the three largest, most largest, most important, most difficult challenges facing young people? The answer: health, education and crime – then he tried to tackle all three at once …

Stephen, the son of a painter and decorator and a teaching assistant, is not your typical private school pupil from a privileged background. He has lived in Braintree all his life and attended Tabor Science College before leaving for Colchester Sixth Form. Stephen says “My passion for politics is endless. I enjoy every part of the political process and being involved in government and policy making. I love to feel like I’m making a real difference.”

Footnote: The last Prime Minister called Canning (above) served for less than four months.

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