Lancashire student becomes youngest member of Morecambe Town Council

WIN: UCLan student Joshua Brandwood is now a councillor

WIN: UCLan student Joshua Brandwood is now a councillor

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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 University of Central Lancashire scholar has become the youngest member of Morecambe Town Council after winning his Labour seat in the local election.

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

Joshua Brandwood

The public services and criminology student, 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.

“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.”

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.

He said: “Politics needs hardworking and dedicated young people like Josh. He deserves this success and I wish him luck in his new role.”