COWES Enterprise College student Cameron Palin became the youngest councillor in the country in November when he was co-opted onto East Cowes Town Council for the Green Party.

Now he’s preparing to stand for the Green Party in the Osborne ward at the upcoming elections in May.

Cameron’s first involvement with local politics was in 2017 when he campaigned to reopen Ryde Arena ice rink, as he worked closely with the local council.

He then supported the Green Party in the 2017 General Election campaign before being co-opted on to the Council in November last year - aged just 18 and two weeks, making him the youngest town councillor in the country.

A-Level student Cameron, who lives in East Cowes, said: “When Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, visited the island it showed to me how much they care about local as well as national issues.

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"I find that, and Caroline, so inspirational. My other political hero is the Former South East MEP Alexandra Phillips.

“I really want to be elected so I can continue to represent the constituents of the Isle of Wight on the issues that matter most to them.

“With nearly six months’ experience under my belt as a councillor, I know I’ve got the skills needed to do the job, and am able to bring a new perspective to the role.”

Rachel Kitley, Cowes Enterprise College Principal, added: “Cameron is a passionate and determined member of our Cowes community, and over his time at the academy he has been committed to making a difference, both for our students and for local people more widely.

“We want all of our students to stand up for what they believe in and are supporting them in their political ambitions.”