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Coun Kelham Cooke (right) with Coun Matthew Lee
Coun Kelham Cooke (right) with Coun Matthew Lee

The deputy leader of South Kesteven District council has been shortlisted as Young Councillor of the Year.

Kelham Cooke, 28, received the recognition from the Local Government Information Unit, a think tank and membership body made up of 200 councils.

Coun Cooke (Con), who represents the Casewick ward incorporating Barholm, Baston, Greatford, Langtoft, Tallington and Uffington, said he was “delighted” to be recognised, saying he now has to send off information about himself before the winner is announced in November.

SKDC leader Matthew Lee said his protege deserves the award, calling him diplomatic, seriously dedicated to making things happen and a delight to work with.

Opposition councillors also offered praise.

Coun Ashley Baxter (Ind) was delighted, saying the shortlisting reflects well on SKDC and it might encourage other young people to become involved.

Councils tend to be dominated “by people who are pale, male, frail and stale, so it’s good to celebrate and attract young people with fresh ideas.”

Coun Charmaine Morgan (Lab) called Coun Cooke a hardworking and enthusiastic councillor, and spokesperson for the district and Conservative party, and his nomination is a great achievement.

She added: “Coun Cooke has demonstrated that young people can play a key role. “

Coun Paul Wood (Ind) said he has always found Coun Cooke very helpful and dedicated to getting the best for South Kesteven.

“Coun Cooke is intelligent and hard working and as deputy leader of SKDC he is raising standards and making the district more prosperous.”

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