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Teenager in race to be next Mayor of London

PUBLISHED: 11:58 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 August 2010

Bromley
17-03-08
Sam Day trying to be a candidate for London Mayor

Bromley 17-03-08 Sam Day trying to be a candidate for London Mayor

AN AMBITIOUS teenager is campaigning to become the next Mayor of London and believes she stands a good chance against frontrunners Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.

AN AMBITIOUS teenager is campaigning to become the next Mayor of London and believes she stands a good chance against frontrunners Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.

Sixth-former Samantha Day, 18, a student at St. Olave's Grammar School in Goddington Lane, Orpington, is currently in second place on the Londonelectsyou website which allows anyone to apply as a mayoral competitor.

The person with the most votes by March 28 will enter the election as the website's candidate and receive £50,000 for campaign expenses.

Samantha, of Selstead Road, Orpington, said: "I'm really confident that I could become Mayor of London.

"Everyone I've spoken to is bored of Ken Livingstone and too many people are against Boris, mainly because of his haircut.

"I want to stand as an independent because I wouldn't fit into any political party. I just want what's best for London. I don't have any conflict of interest like some candidates."

The teenager, who is studying History at A Level, is fascinated by politics but believes there is a level of apathy amongst many of her peers.

She added: "Young people have lost interest in politics because they think most of the issues don't directly affect them.

"They think it's boring and that they have better things to do.

"But we make up a large part of London's population and it's time we were listened to. Age isn't related to ability."

Miss Day lists improving safety for cyclists and cutting crime as two of her main objectives.

She said: "A major problem in London is the inefficiency of transport. If I got voted in I would set more targets. There would be incentives for achieving them and punishments for failing.

"Crime is also a major issue. Cutting it would be the one thing which would improve the lives of people in the capital.

"London is a fantastic place to live. I was born here and I love living here. We have achieved a great balance of architecture, people and space so we deserve a good mayor."

The young politico has been busy campaigning and has set up a web page on social networking site Facebook.

Her friends and family have also been helping out with her mayoral mission.

The next step of the website's selection process will cream off the top five candidates which will later be whittled down to one.

Miss Day said: "If I got voted in I'd feel very privileged but I would definitely deserve it. I've done well so far so I must be doing something right."

To vote for Miss Day see www.londonelectsyou.co.uk.

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