Clarissa Slade, a young lady acclaimed as Britain’s youngest councillor with a “bright future” has been found dead at her university accommodation at the age of 21.
According to Daily Star UK, conservative councillor Clarissa Slade was by her housemate on Monday morning at Winchester University.
Her parents, who are also both Conservative councillors in the area, are said to be in “shock” at the news of her death.
The police is treating the death as unexplained.
Clarissa just 18 when she was elected to Mid Devon District Council and to Tiverton Town Council in 2015, making her the youngest councillor in Britain at the time.
Her father, Cllr Colin Slade told The Telegraph, said: “We are still pretty much in the dark as to the circumstances and we are waiting for the coroner.
“She had a bright future ahead, she was very keen on politics and she was a very bright young councillor, the youngest in the country when she was elected.
“She was looking to possibly pursue a career in politics. She was very active in the Conservative Party.”
Police are currently treating her as unexplained and a post-mortem is yet to take place.
The young woman, who had been in the third year classics student at the Winchester campus, had been born with a heart defect.
She was told she could live a normal life by doctors, but had allegedly been complaining of pains and attended hospital in recent weeks.
It is understood doctors found no cause for alarm.
Cllr Slade added: “It is such a shock. She was due to come back to visit yesterday and the first thing we knew was when she was not on the train.”
Stephen Walford, Mid Devon District Council’s chief executive, told Devon Live: “Sadly I was informed last night that a serving member of our council, Clarissa Slade, had passed away suddenly yesterday.
“This is clearly a great shock to everyone at the council and will affect all those who worked with Clarissa and the community she served.”
Clive Eginton, leader of Mid Devon District Council said: “The devastating news regarding the sudden passing of Cllr Clarissa Slade has been deeply felt by myself, fellow councillors and officers across Mid Devon District Council.
“As our youngest ever elected councillor, Clarissa worked hard for her residents in Cranmore ward and also participated across the town in a whole in a variety of events.
“On the national stage she had also made her mark with her involvement in youth politics.
“Clarissa had an endearing personality to all those who knew her well, and we will miss her enormously. “Our thoughts at this time are with Clarissa’s parents Colin and Elizabeth.”
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