Ed’s with Dave on this one

11-year-old David Rushton who is mad on politics.
11-year-old David Rushton who is mad on politics.

THERE’S a Prime Minister in the making at Rooks Nest Academy.

David Rushton might only be 11-years-old, but he already has his sights set on job at Number 10.

The youngster has been fascinated by politics since he had a lesson in school last year, and has been gaining valuable experience of life in politics with the help of Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls.

David said: “I am too young to join a political party, but my mum wrote to him to see if there was anything he could do to help me learn more about being a politician and he was really pleased I was taking an interest.”

Earlier this month, David was invited to London for a tour of Westminster and got to watch debates on tax benefit and gay marriage.

The youngster has also helped the MP at an Armed Forces Day event, canvassed for the police and crime commissioner elections, and even attended Labour party garden parties.

He said: “I’ve done all sorts of things and the trip to London was brilliant. I really want to be a politician when I grow up, maybe even Prime Minister, because you get to help people and it’s really interesting.”

David’s former teacher, Craig Milfull, who is now deputy headteacher at the school, said: “I am really proud that a lesson I did inspired him because that’s what teaching is all about.

“He is definitely destined to be a politician, he even quizzed the local councillor when he came in over a lack of street lights in the area where his nan goes to church.”

Mr Balls MP knows that David is hot on his heels.

He said: “David’s mum contacted me back in the summer to ask how she could encourage David’s interest in politics. It’s brilliant to see such enthusiasm for politics and making a difference for people - In fact, I’m beginning to worry that he’s after my job!”