Yarmouth candidate switches parties in election bid
PUBLISHED: 13:38 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:46 19 March 2019
A candidate in this year's local elections has switched parties in a bid to get elected.
Harry Webb, 25, was Green Party candidate at the 2017 General Election - but on Tuesday (March 19) declared his intention for this year’s election to Great Yarmouth Borough Council to run under the banner of the Labour Party.
He intends to campaign in Yarmouth North, a two-seat ward currently held by the Conservative Party.
“I was born and raised there,” Mr Webb said.
He also attended three schools in the ward.
One of the younger candidates, he said he is “passionate about engaging young people in politics.”
Explaining his decision to swap a green for a red rosette, he said: “As much as I love and support the views of the Green Party, I am very real to the fact that I was never going to get elected, unless with a mainstream party.”
This year’s local elections will take place on Thursday May 2.
Mr Webb said that while he will miss the Green Party’s environmental policies, the Labour Party’s manifesto is “very close in certain aspects” to his former party’s.