Lancaster student becomes youngest on council cabinet

Councillor James Leyshon.

Councillor James Leyshon.

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A 21-year-old student has become the youngest member of Lancaster City Council’s cabinet.

Coun James Leyshon, who graduates from Lancaster University this month, took the place of long-serving fellow Labour councillor Abbott Bryning.

The change came as chairmen were appointed for Lancaster City Council committees.

Meanwhile Coun Carla Brayshaw, the new deputy mayor, has taken over from Coun Roger Sherlock as planning and highways chairman and Coun Lucy Atkinson has become personnel chairman in place of Coun Liz Scott.

Coun June Ashworth was appointed chairman of overview and scrutiny, Coun Colin Hartley, chairman of licensing regulatory and Coun Brendan Hughes chairman of standards.

Chairmen re-elected were: budget and performance, Dave Brookes; licensing act, Terrie Metcalfe; appeals, Claire Cozler; audit, Matt Mann; and council business, Janet Hall.

The other members of the Labour-run cabinet are council leader Eileen Blamire, deputy leader Janice Hanson,

Darren Clifford, Karen Leytham, Margaret Pattison, Anne Whitehead and David Smith.