Labour candidate Daniel Manvell won yesterday’s (July 12) by-election for a seat on Uckfield Town Council in North Ward.
Mr Manvell topped the poll in a four-cornered fight.
After his election, he said on social media: “We did it.
“With 278 votes or 45.4% of the vote, the youngest ever Cllr. [councillor] for Uckfield Town Council has been elected, and the only elected Labour Cllr. in Wealden in living memory has been elected.
“I’m immensely proud to have been elected and the work to reopen the youth centre begins now.”
Votes cast were:
Daniel Manvell (Labour) 278
Timothy Murray (Liberal Democrats) 248
Freddie Newman 55
Pamela Tysh (Green) 31
Turnout: 14.28 per cent. One ballot paper was rejected.
The by-election in North Ward was caused by the resignation of James Anderson.
Mr Manvell, from Manor Park, has sat on the town council since May 2017 as a co-opted youth member. He could speak, but not vote, on matters under discussion.
Sixth form student
He will now take a full seat on the council.
The co-option was part of an initiative with UCTC and Mr Manvell told councillors at the time that he was a Year 12 student studying chemistry, history, maths and German at Uckfield Community Technology College Sixth Form.
He was particularly interested in local government and thought the town council would be the best place to learn more. He was very pleased to be given the opportunity and looking forward to the year ahead.
Daniel Manvell has taken action in Uckfield over a number of issues.
In May this year, he organised a protest of Uckfield Community Technology College sixth formers in support of teachers who were striking to get a two per cent pay rise.
In 2017, he launched a petition which was signed by 6,000 people which called on East Sussex County Council to restore funding to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
The county council went on to reverse the decision to cut funding.
• It is worth noting there have been Labour councillors on Uckfield Town Council. In the 2003 elections, Duncan Bennett and Len Ashby stood for Labour in Uckfield North and took their seats after an uncontested poll. In the New Town ward, Ian Smith stood for Labour but did not win in a seat.