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New parish council leader thought to be youngest in country at 21

The Argus: New parish council leader thought to be youngest in country at 21 New parish council leader thought to be youngest in country at 21

A newly-elected parish council leader is believed to have made history by becoming the youngest local authority head in the country.

Councillor James Butcher has been elected as leader of Lancing Paris Council aged just 21.

Despite his tender years, Coun Butcher is a five-year veteran having influenced West Sussex County Council library policy as a youth councillor.

He described the role as a massive honour and hoped that his example would inspire more young people to follow in his footsteps.

Coun Butcher first became a councillor as a 19-year-old.

Although not from a political background, Coun Butcher, who currently works in the office of East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, said he was inspired to get involved in local politics because of the positive effect he can influence in the town he lives in.

He added: “One day I would love to be an MP but at the moment I am totally committed to local government, there are lots of changes I want to make.”

He has already made a big difference in the area and in the past 12 months as chair of the council’s finance committee he has overseen a £20,000 improvement to the town’s pavements and car parks.

Coun Butcher has also used £10,000 of lottery funding for outdoor exercise equipment.

During his year as leader he is hoping to create a youth summit bringing together local authorities, youth groups and MPs to inspire more youngsters to follow in his footsteps.

He is keen that county and borough councils follow the example of his own authority and hold more meetings in the evenings to be more accommodating to working candidates or parents.

Coun Butcher is also looking to set-up a regeneration task force and bring involving residents’ suggestions for improvements to the area.

As chair, Coun Butcher will set the agenda and chair meetings but he said there would be no difficulties in keeping more senior councillors in line.

He said: “As long as they show respect to me and I show respect to them, age doesn’t come into it.

“I think it’s a misconception that the older generation don’t want younger people involved, everyone on the council has been very supportive.”

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9:16am Sun 11 May 14

NathanAdler says...

Why does the article not mention he is a Conservative, yet any article about the vile KItkat mentions his hideous Green credentials about ten times?

This young Butcher chap, seems like a very pleasant young man. I was in the army at 21 fighting in countries I had never heard before, so there is nothing wrong with him being fresh faced.

Also, vile Kitkat can take note that Butcher wears a nicely ironed shirt with accompanying tie, which not only looks professional and smart but proves that across the border here in Brighton we have clowns running the show.

Good luck to Butcher. I am sure his transition in to full blown politics will be soon and fulfilling.

My advice to him as a seasoned Tory and custodian of Sussex pride, is when you are in a position to exercise national power, make laws against animal cruelty greater and stricter. Keep the ban on fox hunting alive (an edict that splits current Conservative opinion) and do not believe the socialist hogwash view that travelers are in some way decent. They are 52% filth and 48% criminal with no place in decent society.
Why does the article not mention he is a Conservative, yet any article about the vile KItkat mentions his hideous Green credentials about ten times? This young Butcher chap, seems like a very pleasant young man. I was in the army at 21 fighting in countries I had never heard before, so there is nothing wrong with him being fresh faced. Also, vile Kitkat can take note that Butcher wears a nicely ironed shirt with accompanying tie, which not only looks professional and smart but proves that across the border here in Brighton we have clowns running the show. Good luck to Butcher. I am sure his transition in to full blown politics will be soon and fulfilling. My advice to him as a seasoned Tory and custodian of Sussex pride, is when you are in a position to exercise national power, make laws against animal cruelty greater and stricter. Keep the ban on fox hunting alive (an edict that splits current Conservative opinion) and do not believe the socialist hogwash view that travelers are in some way decent. They are 52% filth and 48% criminal with no place in decent society. NathanAdler
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11:54am Sun 11 May 14

goldstonefan says...

Joe Harris, became Mayor of Cirencester last year at the age of 20. http://www.cotswoldl
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Joe Harris, became Mayor of Cirencester last year at the age of 20. http://www.cotswoldl ife.co.uk/home/my_co tswold_life_joe_harr is_britain_s_younges t_mayor_1_2313386 goldstonefan
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1:36pm Sun 11 May 14

clubrob6 says...

NathanAdler wrote:
Why does the article not mention he is a Conservative, yet any article about the vile KItkat mentions his hideous Green credentials about ten times?

This young Butcher chap, seems like a very pleasant young man. I was in the army at 21 fighting in countries I had never heard before, so there is nothing wrong with him being fresh faced.

Also, vile Kitkat can take note that Butcher wears a nicely ironed shirt with accompanying tie, which not only looks professional and smart but proves that across the border here in Brighton we have clowns running the show.

Good luck to Butcher. I am sure his transition in to full blown politics will be soon and fulfilling.

My advice to him as a seasoned Tory and custodian of Sussex pride, is when you are in a position to exercise national power, make laws against animal cruelty greater and stricter. Keep the ban on fox hunting alive (an edict that splits current Conservative opinion) and do not believe the socialist hogwash view that travelers are in some way decent. They are 52% filth and 48% criminal with no place in decent society.
The Argus probably did not mention that he is a conservative as it would put readers off ,pity really as we need new blood into politics to get rid of the career millionaire MPs we have now.
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: Why does the article not mention he is a Conservative, yet any article about the vile KItkat mentions his hideous Green credentials about ten times? This young Butcher chap, seems like a very pleasant young man. I was in the army at 21 fighting in countries I had never heard before, so there is nothing wrong with him being fresh faced. Also, vile Kitkat can take note that Butcher wears a nicely ironed shirt with accompanying tie, which not only looks professional and smart but proves that across the border here in Brighton we have clowns running the show. Good luck to Butcher. I am sure his transition in to full blown politics will be soon and fulfilling. My advice to him as a seasoned Tory and custodian of Sussex pride, is when you are in a position to exercise national power, make laws against animal cruelty greater and stricter. Keep the ban on fox hunting alive (an edict that splits current Conservative opinion) and do not believe the socialist hogwash view that travelers are in some way decent. They are 52% filth and 48% criminal with no place in decent society.[/p][/quote]The Argus probably did not mention that he is a conservative as it would put readers off ,pity really as we need new blood into politics to get rid of the career millionaire MPs we have now. clubrob6
  • Score: -1

3:21pm Sun 11 May 14

Bluebeef says...

Good for him but concerned that he is learning his trade at the hands of Loughton ( say it out loud sounds like ow):

1 Guardian said of him that he was an "assiduous debater, although specialist opponents can consider his viewpoints complete and utter rubbish"
2 Briefing from the Department of Education to The Spectator as a "lazy, incompetent narcissist obsessed only with self-promotion"

Oh dear.
Source: Wikipedia
Good for him but concerned that he is learning his trade at the hands of Loughton ( say it out loud sounds like ow): 1 Guardian said of him that he was an "assiduous debater, although specialist opponents can consider his viewpoints complete and utter rubbish" 2 Briefing from the Department of Education to The Spectator as a "lazy, incompetent narcissist obsessed only with self-promotion" Oh dear. Source: Wikipedia Bluebeef
  • Score: 2

5:48pm Sun 11 May 14

Eddy Reynolds says...

I taught James a few years ago, he was always very level headed, motivated and really cared about doing things to help others. Even though I'm not a Conservative supporter I'm sure he'll do a good job for his community. Well done to him.
I taught James a few years ago, he was always very level headed, motivated and really cared about doing things to help others. Even though I'm not a Conservative supporter I'm sure he'll do a good job for his community. Well done to him. Eddy Reynolds
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Sun 11 May 14

HJarrs says...

Having some young councillors is a good idea. Being leader at 21 just demonstrates the lack of depth and talent in the Conservatives today.
Having some young councillors is a good idea. Being leader at 21 just demonstrates the lack of depth and talent in the Conservatives today. HJarrs
  • Score: -4

10:02pm Sun 11 May 14

Isaac Rinkfern says...

I wonder if he'll stick with this post, after all this is the same councillor that, very publicly, threw his toys from the pram and deserted his constituents on Sompting Parish Council only a couple of months back.

Maybe, like all Tories, the fact that there are financial rewards for sitting on LPC but not on SPC, has something to do with his choice of which council to continue sitting on.
I wonder if he'll stick with this post, after all this is the same councillor that, very publicly, threw his toys from the pram and deserted his constituents on Sompting Parish Council only a couple of months back. Maybe, like all Tories, the fact that there are financial rewards for sitting on LPC but not on SPC, has something to do with his choice of which council to continue sitting on. Isaac Rinkfern
  • Score: -2

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