A NEWLY-ELECTED Aberystwyth town councillor has died following a short illness.
22-year-old Emily Price had recently completed an undergraduate degree in Maths and Physics at Aberystwyth University and was due to return for postgraduate study next year.
At its first meeting on Monday (May 15) following the recent elections, the town council held a minute’s silence.
Ms Price fell ill shortly after being elected to the town’s central ward, where she was a Liberal Democrats representative.
Ceredigion MP Mark Williams posted a photograph of Ms Price on Twitter and wrote: “Terribly sad news today. We have lost a truly wonderful member of our Liberal family here in Ceredigion. RIP Emily.”
Ms Price was also the incoming vice chair of the Welsh Young Liberals.
An Aberystwyth Students’ Union spokesperson said: “Her passing will be deeply felt by many and our thoughts go out to all those who are close to Emily.”
Prof Qiang Shen, director of the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Sciences, said: “Emily had a particular interest and talent in communicating science to young people and encouraging them to study the subjects that she cared about so much.
“She was always the first to volunteer as a student ambassador and to help with outreach events within the university and at schools and festivals.
“With her quiet smile and enthusiasm, Emily will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all her fellow students and staff at Aberystwyth.”