Meet punk rocker Jake Tinsley, now Watton’s youngest town councillor - and with ambitions to become a Labour MP
PUBLISHED: 09:33 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 13 July 2017
He’s a member of a hardcore punk band and is a tour manager for other musical acts.
And now Jake Tinsley can add councillor to his repertoire as he becomes the youngest representative for Watton Town Council.
The 24-year-old has spent the past four years with his band Shock Hazard travelling around the world and engaging in politics with fans.
He was involved in Labour’s general election campaign in Mid-Norfolk and said he now hopes to build up political engagement in Watton - especially among young people.
He said: “You have got to get started at a local level. We have councillors for a reason, to try and make the town better.
“Instead of sitting around and moaning I thought: ‘Well there is a place on the council.’”
He added: “I would like to give a voice to the public. I want to start up meetings once a month to speak to the public. I want to hear people’s opinions because at the end of the day it is it is their town.”
Mr Tinsley said with the rise in the number of people under the age of 25 who voted in the general election, he would like to encourage more young people in the community to become involved in politics at a local level.
“There are a lot of improvements needed for the young people of Watton,” he said. “They are a very loud voice now and hopefully they can be heard.
“There is not skatepark or anything like that. There is no live music or anywhere for them to go.
“There needs to be more done for the young people in Watton which will stop them from doing something they shouldn’t do.
“Their voices can be heard.”
Mr Tinsley added: “I would like to become the Labour MP for Mid-Norfolk. I would like to progress and do more.”
Watton mayor Stan Hebborn said it was encouraging to see young people showing an interest in and wanting to become involved with the council.
He said: “It is groundbreaking that we have someone so young and we are really looking forward to the contribution he can make and the representation of the young residents of the town.
“We hope young people will appreciate they will be represented.”
Kathryn Stallard has also become a councillor.