A HARD-UP Kingston University student has been forced to shelve her plans to stand for parliament after the cost of running for office proved too great.
Sirena Bergman (pictured), 19, who is studying journalism, had dreamed of becoming Britain's youngest MP after becoming frustrated at a 'lack of representation for young people'.
But her bid to stand in her home town of Brighton is over because she was unable to find the £500 deposit and £150 registration. Sirena said: "I think the main parties are getting it drastically wrong when it comes to engaging young people in politics.
"We don't care and we don't vote because politicians don't represent us, and they don't represent us because we don't vote - so it's a vicious circle."
She added: "In order to stand you either have to be pretty wealthy or have really good luck with your fundraising. This doesn't feel right given we are supposed to be living in a democratic country."
Sirena had gone to great lengths to generate funding, using social networking websites and, despite her disillusionment, has vowed to continue her fledgling political career.
"The fact that the only thing stopping me from standing as an MP was money has made me even more determined to try again, perhaps for local council elections next time," she said.
The current youngest MP is 28-year-old Jo Swinson (Lib Dem, East Dunbartonshire).
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