Geary’s successor, Edith Bald, is ‘up for challenge’


The new leader of the Conservative group has been announced as Edith Bald following Andrew Geary’s resignation from the position on the morning of the elections.

The former Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Bald, won the Tattenhoe votes in the local election on Friday but admits her new role will prove testing.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge,” said Ms Bald.

“Andrew cared a lot about the city, the Conservatives and the people he has led for the past eight years, but he has his young family to think about.

“I have a tough act to follow because I think it is acknowledged across Milton Keynes that Andrew did a very good job.

“So it’s a tall order, but I am excited by the prospect and I know I can do it.”

Her appointment follows Labour’s success in the local elections, which saw the party take control of MK Council.

“We are disappointed,” Ms Bald said. “There is no point denying that, but we now need to go through the process of finding out what went wrong.

“I think for the people on the ground, the voters, we have not done enough community engagement.

“Labour are lucky they were funded by headquarters – we did not have that luxury – but we are looking hard at what they have done.

“We will come back stronger.”