Hi, I'm Luke, the Durham County Councillor for Spennymoor.
I was selected for election by the Conservative party at the age of 17, and elected at 18, making me England's youngest Councillor.
I grew up in Coxhoe and was a student at Whitworth Park Academy before studying Politics, Law and History at New College Durham. I'm now studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at a degree-level.
I began volunteering for Bishop Trains at the age of 10, and now work as the Business Development Director for Bishop Trains Limited. I also work as the Managing Director at Excursions By Rail and a Director at the Weardale Railway Trust.
I have had all kinds of jobs, including working at Tesco, Bishop Auckland, as a checkout operator at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and working as an Advisor at HM Revenue and Customs.
Outside of work, I enjoy shopping with my Nan, and going for walks in our magnificent County Durham countryside. I also volunteer as a Steering Group member for a local CIC working to change the way people think about gender stereotypes and relationship behaviours using the arts. I also enjoy volunteering as a train guard at the Weardale heritage Railway where I'm also proud to be the Youth Team Coordinator, tying in nicely with my work as the Deputy Manager of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Youth Team which provides work experience and practical education opportunities for disadvantaged children across the North East of England.
I hope to meet lots of you in the coming weeks, and to work with you as your Councillor for years to come.
Cllr Luke Allan Holmes
Durham County Councillor for Spennymoor