Putting political theory into practiceMonday 16 May 2016
Final year Politics and International Relations student Anthony Lavelle was elected as a Local Councillor for Croxteth in last week’s local elections.
Anthony has had an interest in politics since the age of 14 when he became involved in a campaign to keep his local secondary school open and joined the Labour party.
Before deciding to run as a Labour Councillor, Anthony worked in his local community centre as a part-time Youth Worker for more than three years, which he says “opened my eyes to social injustice.”
Anthony, who was joined by on the campaign trail by fellow students, said: “Croxteth is my home. I have lived in the area all my life, and so had my family before me. I am passionate about improving my local area and working to ensure that the young people in Croxteth are getting the life chances they deserve in terms of jobs and progressing to further education and apprenticeships.”
Explaining how his time studying at Liverpool Hope has prepared him for his new role, he said: “My time studying at Hope has been good, and one thing that has prepared me for my current role was the encouragement from the lecturers in seminar groups to have discussions and debates on topics relating to the course curriculum. This has definitely benefited me, enabling me to speak in public more confidently now that I’ve been doing it in university for the last three years.”