1. How long have you been a local councillor ?
7 months – I was elected in May 2012 to represent the ward of Irwell, Bacup and was voted in with over 50% of the vote. I am the youngest councillor to ever sit on Rossendale Borough Council (aged 19 when elected)
2. Have you always wanted to be a councillor ? If not what was your background before local politics ?
I had always had a small interest in the political system and started to take a real interest just after the general election of 2010. I then joined the Labour Party and started to become a ‘active’ member. I never studied politics at school or college, and there isn’t anyone in the family interested in it, but its something I have grown to love.
3. How do you see social media playing a part in your role as a councillor in Rossendale?
Currently studying a Computing degree I have had to study the importance of social media and how it is used within different environments. Moving forward, social media is going to be a massive part of councillors lives. Facebook and Twitter are fantastic communication tools for the next generation and will soon become the norm in all peoples lives.
I have Twitter (@SteveHughes92), Facebook (facebook.com/CllrSteveHughes) and a website (sphughes.co.uk) which I try and use and update as much as I can, but in the future these tools will be vital in communicating to constituents and the wider population.
4. How do you see social media playing a positive part in the local community ?
Social media enables people to communicate instantly, and defiantly with older people can help with issues such as being lonely and keeping in touch with family members.
Tools such as Facebook and Twitter can be used to start campaigns, sign petitions etc, all import in the political world.
Social media, I predict will become massive within local communities in the future.