The country’s youngest councillor talks about his new role

May’s local elections witnessed the election of the country’s youngest councillor as a Liberal Democrat in Ashfield. Councillor Tom Hollis got involved with the party during Jason Zadrozny’s very nearly successful general election campaign last year and, by the sounds of things, worked extremely hard to get himself elected in May.

The Mansfield and Ashfield Chad has an interview with Tom over on their website – here’s an excerpt:

After joining the Lib Dems, Tom helped the party deliver leaflets before Coun Zadrozny put him forward as an election candidate.

Describing the gruelling campaign, Tom says: “I would get up at 5.30am delivering leaflets, knocking on doors, talking to people and coming home to print leaflets.”

And being a new candidate meant that Tom had to work even harder to persuade people to vote for him.

He added: “I had to go out there and invent myself and I think I made a good impression on people. People have rung me up and said, ‘well done Tom’.”

Tom, whose family has a solicitors’ firm in Sutton, is studying A-Levels in politics, history, maths and accounting at Bilborough College in Nottingham and is set to study Law at Nottingham Trent University in the autumn.

He has also been asked to address delegates at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Birmingham in September where he plans to talk about the party’s success in Ashfield.

 

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One Comment

  • Patrick Coleman 4th Jun '11 - 12:56pm

    I thoght “our” Joe Harris of Cirencester was the country’s new youngest councillor?

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