The youngest councillor on North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has been appointed as its deputy leader.

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Rhodri Oliver, 22, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since his election as representative for Sheringham South in May 2011, earning a place on the Conservative-led council’s powerful cabinet last year.

And law student Mr Oliver, who lives in Aylmerton, has his sights set even higher, hoping to take a seat in the Houses of Parliament one day.

He will also contest the Sheringham seat in the county council elections in May.

The son of two lawyers, Mr Oliver is the grandson of the late Lord Oliver of Aylmerton, the law lord who played an important role in the famous Spycatcher secrecy case.

His minority judgement, opposing the ban on the publication of Spycatcher, the memoirs of former M15 man Peter Wright, was eventually vindicated when the book was allowed to go on sale in 1988.

Rhodri Oliver succeeds Tom FitzPatrick as deputy leader. Mr FitzPatrick was appointed leader of the council following the death in December of Keith Johnson who turned a gun on himself after shooting dead his wife, Andrea.

Educated at Gresham’s School, Holt, Mr Oliver was studying for his final exams at Imperial College, London, at the time of the 2011 elections. He graduated with a degree in physics and is currently studying for a law degree with the Open University. He also works part-time as a tutor for GCSE maths and sciences.

He is a keen racket sports player, representing Cromer in squash, table tennis and tennis.

“Professionally I think I would like to be a lawyer and politically, one day I hope to be an MP, ideally somewhere in Norfolk,” he said.

His aim was to make sure that local people’s views were represented on both big issues and everyday matters such as emptying the bins.

Mr Oliver added: “I am particularly keen to show that young people can make a real difference and I hope that my appointment will encourage more young people to get actively involved in their local communities.”

NNDC has also announced that Russell Wright, 53, who represents the Astley ward, centred on Melton Constable, will be joining the cabinet. Mr Wright is also a member of Norfolk County Council.

11 comments

  • Far too young for the post and the responsibility. What experience of life can he possibly have had at that age to qualify him for the job? I hope his colleagues know just what they have done.

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    JanieH

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • the fact the conservatives have put him as deputy chairman shows how little talent they have

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Age isn't a barrier. If people think it is then it surely works the other way too? My concern is the fact these Tories are born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • it would be nice to see a councillor with a working class background so they are actually in touch with the real world!!!

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    kaz

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Far too young for the post and the responsibility. What experience of life can he possibly have had at that age to qualify him for the job? I hope his colleagues know just what they have done.

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    JanieH

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Whilst I do not agree with Cllr Oliver politically, I shall defend him against those who criticise his appointment on grounds of age, I stood for the Sheringham South seat in 2011 aged 22 and there are quite a lot of other young people across all parties in north Norfolk who, if elected, I'm sure would do a fine job for their communities.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • A star is born, move over Smith. Get him signed up for the party conference, this one has all the creds to be the next Willy Hague Shame he's not OE, never mind, always need chaps to fill the ever increasing number of junior posts created.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Rhodri was allowed to make a key decision with regard to a proposal to offer free parking on the main carpark for the duration of the Mount Street major roadworks. This would have been an excellent public relations excercise for the council to employ. Guess what! He turned it down without consultation with those directly affected. Rhodri is out of touch with the traders and customers, why? Because he has not had the life experience to make important decisions such as this. Shame on those who gave one so young in years this title!

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    Sammy Seal

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • has he got any real practical experience of life yet? he may have plenty of theory by the sound of it but since when has playing sport and listening to the grand stories of grandad been real life. get a proper down to earth job for real life experience. and yes age has something to do with it he hasnt had time to live yet.

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • The sort of person that has come to typify the Tory party of recent times. Privileged and self interested.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • A bit young for this maybe, but if you knew his grandfather then you will realize that this is a mature head on young shoulders.

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    jeffy

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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