Harrogate Grammar student the youngest councillor in the UK

Former Harrogate Grammar School student Lucy Atkinson becomes the youngest elected councillor in the UK for Lancaster City aged 18. (S)
Former Harrogate Grammar School student Lucy Atkinson becomes the youngest elected councillor in the UK for Lancaster City aged 18. (S)

A former Harrogate Grammar student is the youngest councillor elected in the UK.

Lucy Atkinson, who studied politics at the school, has been elected to Lancaster City Council for the University and Scotforth Rural Ward.

A first year student at university, as a Labour councillor she said she aims to promote issues around mental health and welfare for young people and the disadvantaged.

“I am thrilled to represent the student and rural population and will work very hard to make sure everyone’s voices are heard,” she said.

“It was very surreal and exciting to vote for the first time but to also be a candidate. It didn’t quite sink in at first, seeing my name and putting a cross next to it in the box.

“I have been door knocking weekly since January trying to get people to register to vote, as well as a Facebook campaign, stalls in public, and a variety of posters and canvassing closer to the time.”

Her mum Michelle Beckett said: “Lucy has wanted to make a difference and been interested in issues that affect people from a very early age.

“I remember her crying about the death penalty in the US when she was about nine, and asking me what she could do about it.

“I watched her make her acceptance speech on stage with tears streaming down my face. I couldn’t be any more proud.”

Lucy had worked on Cat Smith’s campaign, now MP, and she too spoke of her delight at Lucy’s election victory.