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“Young people are being short-changed”: Meet Labour’s 18-year-old local election candidate

Aisha Malik-Smith has knocked on every door in Northumberland Heath

By Sophia Moss  

Aisha Malik-Smith is not your average local council candidate. Born in December 1999, the 18-year-old divides her time between campaigning ahead of the 3rd May local elections and revising for her International Baccalaureate. Despite her age, Aisha has been a Labour activist for four years, she was elected as Labour Vice Chair of her constituency Old Bexley & Sidcup a year ago, she worked on the Labour campaign for mental health, and she’s been leafletting ever since she can remember.

Born into a Labour family, Aisha’s mother…

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