THERE are plenty of new faces joining Milton Keynes Council as a result of Friday’s elections when 17 seats were up for grabs.
Labour celebrated adding seven new councillors to their group, while the Conservatives added two.
Councillor Elaine Wales (Labour), who has been voted to represent the Whaddon ward, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into our campaign and I am really glad I have been voted in.
“This has all been worthwhile and I look forward to the challenges ahead. Across the whole country and locally we have won a lot of seats. We hope this will bring a fresher approach to the council.”
There was another new face voted in, this time in Walton Park, as Conservative Alice Bramall took over from Lib Dem’s Jaime Tamagnini after he stood down.
Councillor Bramall, who used to work for MP Mark Lancaster, said: “This is a lot of responsibility to take on so it is time to roll up our sleeves. It is a great honour to be elected.”
Stantonbury’s new Labour councillor, Margaret Burke, said: “It’s so humbling, and we’ve been working so hard – I’ve lost two stone walking around, going door-to-door!
“I will work for the residents who believe I am the right choice. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that so many people have put their faith in me.”
Another new Labour councillor Robert Middleton, who will take over the Wolverton ward from Lib Dem’s Mike Galloway, said: “This has been a tough three months on the campaign trail and we are glad it has finally started to bear fruit.
“The Lib Dems have had a routing and it is justifiable. Our focus will now be on young people and developing services in Wolverton.”
But there will also be some familiar faces who will around for the next two years.
Councillor Gerald Small, who held his seat for the Conservative Party in Emerson Valley, said: “It’s fantastic to hold on to my seat as it’s been a lot of hard work for the last 12 months since Edie (Edith Bald) was elected.
“We are glad that people have kept faith with us and we will be taking to the streets soon to find out where we went wrong and take that on board.”
Don Hoyle, who won for the Conservatives in Loughton Park, said: “We will have to keep this hard work going because the real hard work starts now. The results here could have been catastrophic for us given the national figures but we’ve paid the price in Labour gains.
“The opposition will change now and I think they are now proper opposition.”
Douglas McCall held on to his Lib Dem seat in Newport Pagnell South. He said: “We are very pleased to have retained this seat but also increased our majority share of the vote.
“The residents of Newport Pagnell have shown their support for the good work that we have done and it is nice to see that they appreciate what we do for them.”
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