Shaftesbury town council elects youngest mayor
The youngest member of North Dorset District Council’s Conservative cabinet has now become the youngest mayor of Shaftesbury and chairman of Shaftesbury Town Council.
Piers Brown, 23, was last night, 1 May, elected to be mayor of Shaftesbury for 2018-19 without a challenge. Councillor Lester Taylor, a leading UKIP activist, was elected deputy mayor, also without opposition.
It is the first time both mayor and deputy have been openly party political members of a council that prides itself on non-partisan politics.
Both men will serve until the elections for a new town council in May 2019 when both are also expected to seek election for their respective parties to the new unitary authority for rural Dorset.