The city’s brand new mayor Brian White is, without a doubt, an expert in people skills and politics.
But when it comes to personal
dress sense, the former MP is the first to admit he is at the bottom of the league.
So this week, when the man who wore the same suit to Westminster for ten years was invited for a makeover at Milton Keynes College , he jumped at the chance.
Sporting a new suit, purchased in honour of being elected mayor, Brian was groomed, pampered, brushed and de-whiskered by eager students.
“They were wonderful,” he said afterwards. “It was lovely to meet them all and I feel great now.”
He admitted: “I know I’m not the smartest person. What I wear and how I look is probably right at the bottom on my list of priorities in life. But it’s good to feel smart for a change.”
Brian agreed he may keep his new hairstyle neatly combed, and perhaps ensure he wears a tie that matches his shirt occasionally. But he refuses to change one wacky habit – wearing nappy pins on the shoulder of his jacket.
“It’s to keep the mayoral chain in place,” he said. “I hook the chain over the pins and it stops it from falling around my neck.”
The makeover took place at the Parkside Hair and Beauty salon at the college’s Bletchley campus.
Brian said: “I was honoured to be invited. And I was very impressed with the level of professionalism the students at the salon deliver.”
He talked to students about his charities for the year. The first is Stony Stratford-based Ted’s Gang, which raises money for research into Shwachman Diamond Syndrome. The other is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.