Britain’s youngest councillor who had a “bright future” in politics has been found dead at her University accommodation.
According to Telegraph UK, Conservative councillor Clarissa Slade, who was just 18 when she was elected to Mid Devon District Council and to Tiverton Town Council, was found by her housemate on Monday morning.
Her parents, who are also both Conservative councillors in the area, are said to be in “shock” at the news of her death, which is being treated as unexplained.
Her father, Cllr Colin Slade, 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.”
The third year classics student at Winchester University had been born with a heart defect and though doctors had told her she could live a normal life she had in recent weeks and had complained of pains and attended hospital.