New Uppingham Town Councillor is more than 'just a girl who blogs'
A young woman is hoping to use her new position on a town council to speak up for voices which she feels often go unheard.
Charlie Pallett (26) is the latest councillor to join Uppingham Town Council, after having been co-opted earlier this month following the recent resignation of Lucy Lewin.
Best known for her popular blog - The Rutland Blogger - and her influential social media presence, Charlie is hoping to be a voice for younger people and young women in particular.
She said: "I feel like there's not much of a voice out there for the under 30s.
"My friend Tom (Johnson) is also a councillor, and he's obviously a voice for younger males, so after he got onto the council and the co-option vacancy came about I thought 'why not?'.
"It's something that that I had in mind but thought I might do it when I'm older, but I'm very much of the opinion that you shouldn't wait until you feel you're the right age to go and do something. Don't just sit back; have an opinion now and do it!
"One of the other candidates was a similar age to Tom and I which was refreshing.
"I was anxious of not getting as many votes because of my age and lack of experience in the field but I somehow managed to get a majority vote so I was very pleased.
"It's lovely to have the majority of the council backing fresh blood."
Charlie, who stood independently, has been running her blog for four years and through doing so has stumbled across many issues and opinions which her readers and followers have flagged up.
While the blog was originally set up to provide a platform to promote businesses in the area, it has become so much more and this has been a driving force behind Charlie's latest move.
Not only does she want to use her role to work on promoting and improving mental health services in the town but she also wants to put Rutland 'back on the map'.
She said: "I'm often approached by people who are extremely passionate about things.
"They often tell me how they feel about certain topics and I felt it was about time I gave myself and the people a more authoritative voice. That was the final push for me.
"I hope to give a fresh perspective on things and to see if I can officially be a voice for the community rather than just a girl who blogs.
"I've lived here my whole life and I want to start a family here. I am really passionate about the family side of things; education, the local community and maintaining the area too.
"I'm also really passionate about putting Rutland back on the map and bringing people to the area to show them how fabulous it is. The county isn't just for the older people - there's some passionate younger people too."
In terms of inspiration, Charlie says she's a 'professional winging it type of person' but there is one person who had a profound impact on her.
She added: "My main inspiration is my late Nana. She was hugely passionate about the local area; she was a parish councillor, made a village magazine and was in the WI.
"She was an amazing person and she spurs me on. I often say I'm doing it for my Nana and she would absolutely love the fact I'm a councillor.
"She would have been my biggest champion."