Town Councillor

Dan Manvell - Town Councillor

Dan is currently Wealden’s only elected Labour Councillor.  He was elected in July 2018 to represent Uckfield North on Uckfield Town Council and ex-Treasurer of the Constituency Labour Party for over two years, from November 2016 – February 2019.

Hi! I joined Labour the August following the 2015 election, where I was disappointed with the Conservative victory. I believed then and I do now that young people have no reason to hope for better under this Conservative government; with Brexit, university tuition fees, the state of our NHS and schools, and the degradation of union/workers rights, not to mention humanity’s greatest threat – climate change. The only party I believed had a realistic chance of changing any of this was Labour.

Joining the party at 15, I had to wait 3 years to take my full part in democracy by standing and voting in my first election at the age of 18, where I was elected to represent Uckfield North ward as one of, if not the youngest Councillors in the country.

Since being elected, my priorities have been young people and solving problems that came up during my election, including grass cutting and the state of paths and twittens on Manor estate. I’m very happy that the Youth Centre is reopening, thanks to a great community effort. During my term I proposed a resolution to the grass cutting issue, voting for the Town Council to fund extra grass cuts, keeping the Town looking tidy, however I would still like to further explore planting wildflowers to help the environment.

I’ve also asked the Council about the possibility of putting solar panels on the roof of the Source building, and whether we could become a living wage employer for council staff.

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