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History made in Tameside as 20-year-old becomes borough’s youngest ever councillor

By Ben Burrows

A young star was born on election night as 20-year-old Leigh Drennan became the youngest councillor in Tameside history.

The youngster beat off Conservative incumbent Richard Ambler to win the Ashton Hurst seat.

The Labour man won polling 1449 votes, a majority of 410 over his nearest rival.

The gain was one of 18 seats won or retained by Labour on what Council Leader Kieran Quinn described as a ‘magnificent night’.

Cllr Drennan said: “I am a member of a fantastic team who have given me all the support and guidance I needed in my first campaign.”

Cllr Quinn was excited for his young prodigy and what he could bring to the council.

“This government is disproportionately attacking young people and we are really pleased that we can listen to one of our own on what we now need to do.

“Leigh is going to help us engage those young people,” he added.

Conservative Cllr Ambler was downhearted from the outset and seemed disillusioned with the direction he is receiving from central government.

“Number 10 isn’t helping the Conservative party with its policies,” he said. “When Labour aren’t in power they grow in strength and vice versa.”

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