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Last Updated: Monday, 2 October 2006, 07:16 GMT 08:16 UK
Youngest councillor takes office
Dan Shortland
Mr Shortland hopes to project a positive image of Chard
The youngest councillor in the UK has been elected to serve on South Somerset District Council.

Dan Shortland, 21, will now work for Holyrood residents in Chard.

Councillor Shortland's mother, Jill, is a former leader of the council while his father Gary was elected to Chard Town Council.

Mr Shortland, who was born in Yeovil, said he felt privileged to be made a councillor at such a young age and hopes he can "live up to the title."

Leader of the council Tim Carroll said: "This was a brilliant election success for such a young person.

"I hope his success will serve as an example to other young people to come forward and take a similar active role in their community."

Mr Shortland added: "I am undecided about where I see my future. It could either be in youth work or in politics, but I am definitely looking forward to promoting a positive image for the young people that I have grown up with in Chard."

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