Apprentice Lyle Davy from Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has become the youngest councillor in the United Kingdom, after the local elections on 22nd May 2014.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is passionate about supporting students in all endeavours, whether in the classroom or in students’ personal lives!

The College was thrilled to learn that Lyle Davy, aged just 18 years and 3 months, has become councillor for the Coates ward in Barnoldswick. He displaced Liberal Democrats councillor Lindsay Gaskell, winning the ward—which had been a stronghold for the Liberal Democrats for sixteen years—for the Conservative party.

Lyle, an Apprentice at Creative Half Dozen in Fence, is a former student of Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School. He is determined to encourage other young people to vote, and has already shown his strength by managing to raise £4000 to save Barnoldswick Town Football Club and taking part in the Barnoldswick “Sleepeasy” event, which saw Lyle and Councillor Paul White sleeping on the street for a night to raise money for the YMCA.

Keren Morley, Business lecturer, said, “Lyle is a confident and tenacious young man who has demonstrated a passion for politics; this has been evident in lessons where he has been keen to get involved and offer his own views and opinions. The ability to balance College life and representing his community in the local council will no doubt be challenging for Lyle, however the skills learnt will be invaluable as he moves forward in his political career.”