It may seem strange, but even politicians were young, not that long ago. 

With general election polling underway, why not take a moment to look back at the main party leaders when they were beautiful blossoms ready to flower. 

Some of them were activists, speaking up for workers’ rights (Jeremy Corbyn) or against the war in Iraq (Caroline Lucas). Some were fronting a post-punk, new-wave band “written off as a fourth rate New Order” (Tim Farron). One is the daughter of a vicar (Theresa May) while another had a sick hairstyle (Nicola Sturgeon) back in her days at Greenwood Academy. 

We couldn’t find a throwback pic for the youngest of ’em all — 40-year-old Paul Nuttall, leader of the UKIP party — but he probably doesn’t mind, considering he is still only a youngster.   

Enjoy, and remember to go out and vote!

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Camden Trades Council march in the 1980s

Image: Lee Jones/REX/Shutterstock

Jeremy Corbyn now

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Prime minister and Tory candidate Theresa May with her mum Zaidee and her dad, the Reverend Hubert Brasier

Theresa May now

Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon from her days at Greenwood Academy

Nicola Sturgeon now

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Lib Dem leader Tim Farron (centre) when he was in the band known as Fred the Girl, and The Voyeurs

Tim Farron now

Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

Caroline Lucas (Green Party) lying down in Whitehall as part of a protest against sanctions in Iraq…

Image: Evening Standar/REX/Shutterstock

Caroline Lucas now

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