Weston-super-Mare General Election candidate wants to be youngest MP in history

At just 20, Thomas Daw would like to make history: if he wins Weston-super-Mare at the upcoming general election, he will be the youngest MP for the town ever and only the second Green Party MP in UK history.

Thomas, who was born in Weston and works as a councillor for Wrington, feels his youth is an asset: "A lot of people think being young is a disadvantage when it comes to politics, but I think the whole point of parliament is it's meant to be representative, and I don't think the youth has a lot of representation. It would be good to provide that."

If elected, he could potentially be the youngest MP ever. The current Baby of the House is Labour's Keir Mather, who was elected in 2023 aged just 25, whereas the youngest in history was 21.

READ MORE: Weston-super-Mare needs housing but can't be 'Dubai-on-Sea'

READ MORE: Meet the man campaigning to become Weston's first Labour MP

Little things, massive impact

When asked about his policies, Thomas said: "I think for the meantime the vision is trying to get back to where we were a couple of years ago, when people had a spare bit of money to go out, or to just get food or afford rent."

Thomas shared his battle plan for tackling a range of issues, including housing, antisocial behaviour, and the surge in sewage that made national headlines this year. He said: "The key thing to point out is that the main cause of climate change at the moment is social and financial inequality.

"We're never going to solve climate change if we don't solve other inequalities. In terms of just the sewage in the sea - which is absolutely outrageous, I don't know how we can get to that point where we're swimming around in faeces - for our party it would be an absolute ban."

Thomas would like to see water companies be renationalised: "People don't get a say in who supplies their water. You are charged a rate you have no wriggle room on.

"You can't switch provider, you move into a house and you're told 'this is your water company.' I don't feel there's the way you can run that other than being nationalised."

He continued: "The local ecosystem is obviously very important. When the fish get ill, then the birds get ill, and then it spirals around and the next thing you know your house is full of flies because there's nothing to get rid of them. It's little things that make a massive impact."

Regarding housing issues in the town, he said: "The party policy on this is opening up new ways for councils to have a right to buy. If a house is not being inhabited properly, the council then has a right to buy, allowing councils to be their own social housing makers again."

Making history?

Thomas's election would certainly be a great achievement. The only Green Party MP so far in our nation's history is Caroline Lucas, who has represented Brighton Pavilion since 2010.

While Caroline may be the first, Thomas is hoping she won't be the last: "Weston is similar to Brighton in that it's a seaside town, it's got a lot of deprivation but also a lot of tourism. It's a bit of a smaller Brighton, really.

"I think the party has experience with winning in these kind of areas, and experience with improving these areas as well."

In some ways, Thomas could be seen as an underdog. The Conservative's John Penrose has held the seat for almost twenty years, Labour's Dan Aldridge is representing the party widely predicted to win the election overall, and the Liberal Democrats' Patrick Keating has the precedent of a past Weston MP from his party.

But Thomas feels confident about his chances going forward: "Prediction sites are saying it's going to be Labour, that the Conservatives are going to get wiped out. But equally, Weston has never had a Labour MP before, it's only ever been Lib Dem or Conservative. With that in mind, I'm on a level playing field with Labour."

The General Election is set to take place on Thursday, July 4. Somerset Live will be interviewing other MP hopefuls in the weeks and months ahead.