New Belper mayor bids to inspire town’s youth

Belper Town Mayor Dan Booth, aged 24, with his partner Amy.
Belper Town Mayor Dan Booth, aged 24, with his partner Amy.

Belper’s new town mayor says he wants to engage young people into politics and believes his youthful age will help him do that.

Dan Booth, who at 24 is thought to be the youngest person to ever hold the position, was elected last month and wants to see more young people participate in the decision making in their town.

Dan told the Belper News: “Politics on the whole doesn’t have enough young people involved.

“Hopefully, with this year as mayor I can get a bit of profile and inspire a few to come along with us.

“I’d like to build good links with the schools and especially at Belper School - it’s only six years since I left!

“I know that a lot of primary schools have school councils and if we can get a trend of young people in the town getting involved then it can make the town better for them.

“Your average town councillor is retired, and I think sometimes they can forget what it’s like being young.

“Hopefully as a young person representing the town, I can bring that influence across.”

Dan, who is councillor for Belper Central Ward, will combine his mayoral duties with running a business with partner Amy, working part-time with his father and helping to coach young footballers.

Despite the lack of spare time, he insists he is relishing the year ahead.

He added: “As soon as an opportunity came to put my name down, I went for it and thankfully got elected.

“It’s going to be very busy, but that’s how I like it.”