Student is youngest on town council

Councillor Joshua Brandwood.
Councillor Joshua Brandwood.
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University student Joshua Brandwood is writing his own way into the history books - before he’s even finished his degree.

For the final year student has become the youngest member of Morecambe Town Council after winning his Labour seat in the local election.

The public services and criminology student at UCLan, will sit on the Out Moss Lane Parish Ward and attributes his success to his lecturer, who he said stirred his passion for local politics.

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.

Joshua is a former pupil at Central Lancaster High School and Lancaster and Morecambe College,

He 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 am so pleased they made the right decision to elect me.

“Times of austerity means that we all should be compassionate and caring towards one and other.”

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.

After winning the seat he posted on Twitter: “ Celebrating my councillor victory today. He doesn’t know it yet but it was Wajid who inspired me to join politics.”

Wajid, is a councillor in Burnley and UCLan public services lecturer from the Centre for volunteering and Community Leadership.