Conservatives lose control of council as Lib Dem teen is voted in

Cllr Isabelle Murray SUS-150725-125123001

Cllr Isabelle Murray SUS-150725-125123001

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Local Liberal Democrats are celebrating after their 18-year-old candidate, Isabelle Murray, won a Seaford Town Council seat on Thursday (July 23).

The teenager was elected to represent the central ward in a re-run of the by-election, which took place as Conservative councillor Gary Bedford failed to take up his position after winning a seat in May.

Seaford Town Council is now made up of ten Conservative councillors, seven Liberal Democrats and one councillor each for UKIP, Labour and Independents, meaning the Conservatives have lost overall control of the council.

It is understood Isabelle is now the youngest councillor in the country.

Cllr Isabelle Murray said: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for me. I fought the campaign on three key issues: stopping anti-social behaviour, getting more facilities for young people and fighting for affordable housing.

“I believe all three of these require bringing together people of all ages to find solutions.

“I won due to the dedication of the local Lib Dem councillors, everybody that volunteered to help with the campaign, and of course the supporters. I’m very proud to have joined such a caring and hard-working team.”

Cllr Adam Maclean, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Seaford Town Council, said: “This shows the Lib Dem fightback is well under way. We had a great response on the doorstep and our supporters were pleased to see us back on the streets campaigning hard.”

Local County Councillor Carolyn Lambert (Lib Dem) added: “It also shows how young people also care strongly about local issues and want to make our town an even better place to live.”

To view the results of the vote, click here.

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