Town’s youngest councillor settles into her new role

Possibly the youngest ever Doncaster councilllor, Rachel Hodson, 23, who took the Thorne Ward for Labour. Picture: Marie Caley D2414MC
Possibly the youngest ever Doncaster councilllor, Rachel Hodson, 23, who took the Thorne Ward for Labour. Picture: Marie Caley D2414MC
0
Have your say

She’s a month into her role as the youngest borough councillor ever to be elected, and Rachel Hodson is already making her mark.

The 23-year-old Labour candidate won her seat after receiving the backing of over half of the Thorne ward’s voters in the May elections and has hit the ground running.

Coun Hodson, said: “I can’t believe I’m one month into it already. It’s been overwhelming. It’s so different to any other job but I’m really enjoying it. People have been so friendly and helpful.

“I’m staggered to be the youngest ever Doncaster councillor really and just feel so lucky that people have the confidence in me.

“Caroline Flint MP encouraged me to stand and I didn’t know if I had enough experience, but I’ve got the enthusiasm, drive and determination.”

Coun Hodson, a former pupil at Cantley’s McAuley Catholic High School, joined the Labour Party at the age of 18, and since leaving university has been working as a researcher for Don Valley MP Ms Flint at her constituency office in Auckley.

But the York University economics and politics graduate - who gfrew up in the town - became interested in politics at a much younger age.

She added: “My family are quite political and I grew up always watching the news and having an interest in government.

“I had quite a political upbringing and my parents encouraged me to think for myself about the big issues.

“I decided to pursue politics at university but I never thought just a few years later I’d be a councillor.

“I think it’s really important for women to have a voice in politics.I think times have changed and a lot more women are making their mark in politics, it just shows that two out of three Doncaster MPs are women.

“Now I think it’s important to see younger people coming through too.

“From speaking to people in the area the one thing that comes through is that they want a vision for Thorne and I’m really looking forward to be in a position to contribute towards that as there is a lot in Thorne to be proud of and a lot of potential.”