A Labour candidate has said that young people have been ‘left behind’ during the past five years under the coalition government.
Holly Lynch, Labour PPC for Halifax, has said if she is elected she will fight to improve opportunities for young people.
“Opportunities for young people are drying up and I think young people have been hard done to over the past five years,” she said.
“We’ve got apprenticeships that aren’t quite working - we would like to see them working.
“Post-16 education provision in Halifax is something I’m looking at championing.”
She added that she would like to see a reduction in the level of student debt and look at ways young people can work towards owning their own homes.
Ms Lynch, 28, has received criticism from other political parties for being the youngest person on the Halifax ballot paper.
She said: “I’ve read some really nasty comments from the likes of George Galloway - he shared a Tweet that said I should be playing with hockey sticks, not politics.
“We’ve got a problem with getting young people interested in politics and getting them to use their vote and every time someone like George Galloway shares something like that, he’s putting up a barrier to young people.
“28 is not particularly young in any other industry, and I’m really keen to combat that,” she added.