THE youngest Conservative councillor in Redditch borough council has been elected.
Tom Baker-Price seized the Headless Cross and Oakenshaw Ward seat at the tender age of 21.
The borough’s fresh face will be following in the footsteps of Carole Gandy (Conservative) who has stepped down to enjoy her retirement.
Speaking minutes after his success with 1,962 votes, Mr Baker-Price agreed Mrs Gandy had left behind very big shoes to fill but he was looking forward to seeing what the rest of the election brought.
He added: “I am excited and looking forward to a good four years.
“With the Conservative group doing so well we are given a chance to have a lot more influence in the council and a much bigger voice.
“Hopefully we should be able to make a big difference when we start delivering on our core pledges of the election like Council Tax freeze and improving community transport.”
When asked what impact a younger councillor could bring to proceedings Mr Baker-Price said: “It is really important to get diversity on the council.
“I think it is really helpful to get younger people so that other issues that would not necessarily be brought up such as education will get pushed to the front of the political agenda.”
The new councillor will hit the ground running with a meeting taking place tomorrow and three more scheduled for next week.
He added: “The hard work starts straight away.
“I’ve looked forward to this, I think it will be a really exciting time and a great opportunity to have a postive impact on the town.”