AS A-Level students prepare for the dreaded exams and then look forward to a relaxing summer, Coun Tom Hollis will be continuing his work as Ashfield District Council’s youngest member.
At the age of just 18-years-old and three months, Liberal Democrat Tom secured his Sutton North seat at last month’s local council elections and is now officially the country’s youngest councillor.
Tom, from Teversal, now represents the ward with fellow Liberal Democrats Jason Zadrozny and Ann Patrick.
He got involved in politics last year after Coun Zadrozny knocked at the door during his General Election campaign - and Tom says the party appealed to him because members campaigned on local issues.
He said: “I really found an interest in local politics - I am not so interested in the national stuff. I am a local person trying to make a difference locally.”
After joining the Lib Dems, Tom helped the party deliver leaflets before Coun Zadrozny put him forward as an election candidate.
Describing the gruelling campaign, Tom says: “I would get up at 5.30am delivering leaflets, knocking on doors, talking to people and coming home to print leaflets.”
And being a new candidate meant that Tom had to work even harder to persuade people to vote for him.
He added: “I had to go out there and invent myself and I think I made a good impression on people. People have rung me up and said, ‘well done Tom’.”
Tom, whose family has a solicitors’ firm in Sutton, is studying A-Levels in politics, history, maths and accounting at Bilborough College in Nottingham and is set to study Law at Nottingham Trent University in the autumn.
He has also been asked to address delegates at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Birmingham in September where he plans to talk about the party’s success in Ashfield.
He says: “I am really excited about it - I have always wanted to do it.
“I am going to be nervous speaking in front of so many people but it is also exciting. It is nice to have a success story and the Lib Dems in Ashfield have done really well.”