New party chairman

TOP ROLE:  Wirksworth's Ben Green, 18.
TOP ROLE: Wirksworth's Ben Green, 18.

a TEENAGER has stepped up to steer a Dales political party – as a dedicated chairman steps down.

The Derbyshire Dales Labour Party chairman Mike Ratcliffe has been replaced by Wirksworth’s Ben Green, 18.

Ben, a sixth former at Anthony Gell School, said: “Many people would consider my age to be a negative but I aim to use it to our benefit, I want to bring a renewed vigour and a fresh appeal to the party as we look to move forward.”

Ben is also the Secretary for Wirksworth Colts Football Club and chairman of Anthony Gell’s Student Council. He has been a member of the party for over a year having decided that he wanted to make a difference to the people of the Dales.