He was elected as a Labour member of Bassetlaw council in Nottinghamshire in 2010, and was shortly afterwards elected as Town Mayor of Retford, aged 23. In 2012 he became chair of Bassetlaw District Council, and in 2014 he was elected to Nottinghamshire County Council.
Mr Campbell became known as a local gay activist after his family threw him out over his sexual orientation. He was homeless for eight months.
In 2009, he was named Nottingham’s Young Person of the Year for his work tackling homophobic bullying.
- http://www.iancampbell.org.uk/#!about-ian/c2rd. Accessed: 2013-07-24. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6ILgmSF7H)
- http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/06/01/gay-man-becomes-britains-youngest-mayor/ Pink News, 1 June 2010, "Gay man become's Britain's youngest mayor