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ELECTION 2013: Heather hopes to be youngest councillor

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A politics student is the youngest candidate standing in this year's county council elections.

Heather Worman, 20, a first year politics and British government student at De Montfort University, has been selected as Labour candidate for Ibstock and Appleby ward in North West Leicestershire.

She said: "I've always been interested in politics.

"The first thing I can remember is when I was at primary school and we had a head teacher and I was unhappy because I didn't vote for them – I was seven or eight."

Heather joined the Labour Party at 16 and helped campaign in the last General Election.

She has stood for selection at district council level and helped election campaigns run by party colleagues.

"I was canvassing in 2010 and Labour was getting a lot of stick," she said. "It wasn't a good time for the party.

"But this time around, the reaction on the doorstep has been incredibly positive."

Heather said standing for election was good material to draw upon for her university politics studies.

She said: "It could not be more perfect. I'm studying the subject I love and if I win the election, I'll get to do the job I really want to do.

"I grew up in Ellistown, went to school in Ibstock and my family are from Heather, so I know this area and the people really well."

Heather's manifesto includes a pledge to fight for better rural bus services and to improve job prospects for people in rural communities.

All 55 seats on Leicestershire County Council will be contested on Thursday, July 2. Ballot papers will be counted, and the results announced the following day.


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