University of Central Lancashire student Tom Molyneux has applied to become a Lord in the House of Lords and launched an online campaign to promote his efforts.
Tom, 23 from Blackpool, is studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism and it was through his course that Tom learned about the House of Lords.
Tom says: “Anybody over the age of 21 who is a UK resident can actually apply to become a Lord but no one that age ever seems to get to be a Lord. I want to change that.”
The House of Lords is the upper house of parliament in the United Kingdom. The House of Lords debates legislation and has power to amend or reject bills. Tom feels that younger people need a voice in parliament.
“The House of Lords is crying out for a youthful member, a youthful Peer, a youthful Lord. I am that man.”
Tom, along with fellow students on his course, have launched an online campaign to promote his application and get support from fellow young people. The group have set up pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the handle @FutureLordTom and in just 6 hours the Twitter profile alone has received over 5.4k impressions.
Clare Cook, Digital Journalism Lecturer at UCLan, says: “Every once in awhile a campaign starts that’s got a real passion behind it and when young people come to me with ideas that have the potential to change the system, the system being politics, the way it is, the system being education, government, democracy, you can tell why people would get behind it so quickly.”
Approximately only 3% of current Lords are under the age of 50 and according to a 2014 Daily Mail article there are 15 times more people over 90 than under 40 in the House of Lords.
For further updates on Tom’s progress check out the Twitter hashtag #MakeTomALord