TEENAGE comedian Harvey Hines is hoping to bring some fun to politics and inspire other young people to get involved.
The 19-year-old has entered the running for the MP seat in Fareham, standing as an independent candidate.
Inspired by his idol comic Steve Coogan, Harvey has posted a tongue-in-cheek election campaign video on YouTube in which he is seen borrowing £500 off his grandmother so that he can enter the election.
In the video he talks about health problems that have spurred his keen interest in the NHS and he is seen walking with his dog Darcey Bussell through fields to show his opposition to housing developments.
He said: ‘The Conservatives view Fareham as a safe seat but I’m going to show that it’s more like a reclining armchair and I’ve got two hands on the lever.
‘You, the electorate, are going to be the WD-40 that’s going to allow me to pull that lever down and send the Conservatives hurtling into the drink.’
Humorous Harvey is in his third year of A-levels at Barton Peveril College, studying politics, media, modern history and business. He also works part-time at Reel cinema in Fareham.
He hopes to become a stand-up comedian, and has various YouTube channels where he posts comedy characters, including one where he tries to break into the world of professional football.
Harvey has also released another video for his election campaign, where he advertises for a work experience student to shadow him for the day so that he can be brought food from Greggs.
Harvey is under no illusion that the Tories stand to win the seat in Fareham but he hopes that his campaign will inspire more 18 to 25-year-olds to vote.
He said: ‘My main aim is to get more young people involved.
‘If I can get a few more young people voting then I will see it as a job well done.’