The Country’s Oldest Local Election Candidate?

Edith EastLong time campaigner and Green Party member, Edith East, is proud to be standing for Medway council in next month’s full local election in her home ward of Walderslade. She has been an activist most of her adult life and this year volunteered to be the Green candidate in her ward. Edith reaches a respectable 90 years old in October this year but feels that age should not be a barrier in politics, any more than in other walks of life.

Edith says, “I know some people may not approve of me because of my age but with age comes experience, so I have a lot of that!”

As well as being a Green Party member Edith also supports Greenpeace (she spent her 87th birthday on board the Rainbow Warrior when it came to the Medway Towns), Amnesty International and CND. In fact Edith regularly visited Greenham Common in support of the women camped out there.

Edith added, “My mother was a suffragette so I suppose you could say political activism is in my blood. I hope my standing encourages other people, both young and old, to get involved in their local political scene”.


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