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UCLan student is youngest candidate elected to local council

15 May 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Josh is inspired by lecturer to enter politics

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has become the youngest member of Morecambe Town Council after winning his Labour seat in the local election.

Joshua Brandwood, a final year public services and criminology student, will sit on the Out Moss Lane Parish Ward as a Labour councillor after beating UKIP candidate Mark Knight.

It is the first time the 20-year-old has stood in an election and said he was inspired to enter politics by his lecturer and current Labour councillor, Wajid Khan.

Cllr Brandwood, who attended Central Lancaster High School and Lancaster and Morecambe College, said: “I feel ecstatic to be elected on the council, it brings me great honour to be able to represent the people of Morecambe.

“I feel ecstatic to be elected on the council, it brings me great honour to be able to represent the people of Morecambe.”

“I am so pleased they made the right decision to elect me. I hope to work closely with the food banks; especially considering that future government cuts are likely to increase their usage. Times of austerity means that we all should be compassionate and caring towards one and other.”

He added on Twitter: “Celebrating my councillor victory today. He doesn’t know it yet but it was Wajid who inspired me to join politics.”

Wajid, a Burnley councillor and UCLan public services lecturer from the Centre for volunteering and Community Leadership, commented: “Politics needs hardworking and dedicated young people like Josh. He deserves this success and I wish him luck in his new role.”

Josh has already made the headlines in his hometown after campaigning last year to stop Channel 4 from filming the reality TV series Skint in Morecambe.