An 18-year-old Asian girl with a Muslim background has just become the youngest politician in the United Kingdom. Sharifah Rahman was elected to be Darlington's newest town councilor and represent the Red Hall and Lingfield ward after running against independent candidate Kevin Brack, Conservative Jonathan Dulston, Liberal Democrat Harry Longmoor and the Green Party’s Mike McTimoney.
Rahman has lived in Darlington all of her life and told her social media following it was an "absolute honor" to be elected to represent her community as a town councilor. The newly elected teenager also added, "I am so honored to represent my home community and to have been elected by my ward. This is such an exciting time, to support the area I love, I feel incredibly grateful and humbled. I hope to be a voice for residents, and I can't wait to get started."
A fellow town councilor from Newcastle, Dipu Ahad, offered his congratulations to Rahman and had nothing but praise for her saying, "A massive congratulations and huge respect to the dynamic Sharifah Rahman. Not only does she become the first ever Asian woman from a Bangladeshi, Muslim background to be elected as a councilor at Darlington Borough Council, but she also becomes the youngest ever councilor in Darlington, and one of the youngest in the region, if not the country at the age of 18."
Rahman's next closest competitor in the race was conservative Jonathan Dulston who was behind by the political prodigy by 19 votes.
Here is the total tally for the Redhall and Lingfield ward:
-Kevin Brack, independent, received 46 votes
-Jonathan Dulston for the Conservative Party received 230 votes
-Harry Longmoor for the Liberal Democrats received 11 votes
-Michael McTimoney for the Green Party received 20 votes
-Sharifah Rahman was elected with 249 votes
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