A YOUNG woman found dead at a notorious beauty spot was a passionate Tory campaigner who appeared on the BBC’s Mighty Redcar TV series.
Tragic Jade Smith, 21, died on Sunday in Huntcliff, North Yorks, where her body was discovered by cops.
The proud political campaigner appeared in the BBC series in which she spoke of her beliefs and even showed off an “I love Boris Johnson” tattoo.
She was noticed by Beeb producers for the show after an online article she wrote for the Huffington Post titled: “Criminals Do Not Define My Home Town”.
During the show, she is filmed canvassing for the General Election before jetting off to Greece where she spent a “brilliant few months” working as a nanny and English teacher.
She remained close to her adopted Greek family but returned to Redcar where she worked in adult social care.
She was a former pupil of Redcar’s Rye Hills School and Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough.
She would be the first to say she had made some mistakes but she also had real qualities – not least a fierce work ethic, a mischievous sense of humour and a passionate love of our area.
East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke
When asked if she had thick enough skin to cope with comments about her tattoo, she told the Gazette: “Mate, I’m a Tory from Redcar – a young woman involved in politics trying to do what’s right for Redcar.”
Jade’s best friend, Paige Beadle, said: “When she got laughing, she had one of those laughs that was contagious.
“Words can’t describe how devastated I am to lose her.”
East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke, who paid tribute to Jade, describing her as a “a remarkable and complex person”.
He said: “She would be the first to say she had made some mistakes but she also had real qualities – not least a fierce work ethic, a mischievous sense of humour and a passionate love of our area.
Jade was a beautiful person with a big heart, but we all knew she was a troubled soul.
Jade and Andrea Turner
“Anyone who saw her on The Mighty Redcar will remember her as a young woman who wanted to succeed and to make a difference.
“I am desperately saddened that she is no longer with us, and know that the sense of a life lost at its very outset will haunt many of us for many years to come.
“We won’t forget her and she will be missed.”
Steve and Andrea Turner, who called Jade their “political daughter”, said: “Jade was a beautiful person with a big heart, but we all knew she was a troubled soul.
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“In many ways, she could be wise beyond her years but in others, her immaturity and naivety came across too often, which meant she could struggle to build relationships with friends and family.
“Even those she fell out with, though, will recognise that there was so much more to her and she will be missed.
“But to those of us that ‘got her’ she’ll always be one of a kind.”
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