Axminster teenager joins town council

image copyrightOllie Tucker
image captionOllie Tucker: "Councillors make decisions young people will inherit so we should have a say"

A teenager has become a town's youngest ever councillor.

Mr Tucker, who is studying for a geography degree, is a campaigner for Axminster Hospital, volunteers at food banks in the town and works part-time in an Indian restaurant.

"Councillors make decisions young people will inherit, so we should have a say," he said.

"Young people have a stake in communities, but they do not have representation."

Mr Tucker is thought to be among 0.6% of English local authority councillors under the age of 25 based on a census of councillors in 2018, which also said the average age of councillors was 59.

The independent member said his role was "not ground-breaking" but that it "seemed very natural to take the next step, reach out and be involved more institutionally rather than the food bank".

Issues like A-levels in the pandemic and "unaffordable" transport showed that "politics does matter", he said.

The council still has four more vacancies to fill.

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