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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Britain’s youngest-ever elected councilwoman dies suddenly at 21

Clarissa Slade, 21, believed to be Britain's youngest local councilwoman, died suddenly Monday at her home in Winchester.  (MID DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL)
Britain’s youngest-ever elected council member died unexpectedly Monday at age 21.
Clarissa Slade was found at home in Winchester, where she was enrolled in school, by her housemate, the BBC reported.
Slade, whose parents are also council members, was elected to the Mid Devon District Council in 2015, when she was 18.
Her father, Colin Slade, mourned the death of his daughter, who he said “had much more to give,” according to the BBC.
The circumstances surrounding the young woman’s death remain a mystery.
Slade’s father told the BBC he was “in the dark” when he learned of the tragedy.
“It is tragic her life has been cut so short. She said her long-term ambition was to be prime minister — who knows what she could have achieved,” he said.
“She will be greatly missed by all who knew her,” he added.
The University of Winchester released a statement saying it was “deeply saddened by her death.”
The conservative council woman represented Tiverton, a town with a population of 21,335.
Council leader Clive Eginton said “Clarissa had an endearing personality to all those who knew her well.”
Slade attended her final council meeting on Feb. 21, according to the BBC.
A stream of condolences poured in Wednesday.
Stephen Walford, Mid Devon Council’s chief executive said Slade would be missed by her colleagues.
“This is clearly a great shock to everyone at the council and will affect all those who worked with Clarissa,” he said.
“Clarissa’s parents, who are both serving councillors here at Mid Devon, will be devastated by this news and we will be supporting them in any way we can,” he said.
North Devon Parliament member Peter Heaton-Jones described Slade as a “hardworking” and “upbeat” young woman who “had a bright future.”
Slade balanced her duties as a councilwoman with classical studies at the University of Winchester where she matriculated in 2015.
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