Milton Keynes Council elections reaction: Edith Bald wants Tory leadership


Edith Bald has thrown her hat in the ring to become the next Conservative leader of the group after winning the Tattenhoe election this evening.

Ms Bald said: “I am feeling really good and I’m really glad that my other two conservative candidates got in as well, and it’s resounding, we’ve won pretty convincingly I think.

“There are no surprises yet, but I think there will be some surprises going forward.

“I think in some of our areas we may not have done as well as we wanted to. It swings in roundabouts, we have gains in other areas too; this year is so unusual with three votes

“I think what seems to be happening is people are voting for the individual as much as the party and therefore we are getting a few surprises.

“This evening there will be a conservative group meeting where a leader will be decided.

“I am hoping I will be in that position but we will have to wait and see. I am looking forward to it.

“It’s my forth year, but had substantial roles so think I am well equipped to be the leader that’s for sure.”

Woughton and Fishermead’s first elected candidate, Steve Coventry, spoke of his delight at Labour sweeping the ward. He said: “It’s an exciting time; I’m extremely proud to represent the people of that area and just want to get stuck back in and start doing the things they need.

“Regeneration is one of the main things we need and is something that is dear to all our hearts and it’s a priority for Labour.”

Hannah O’Neil, the second elected candidate for Woughton and Fishermead, said: “I’m delighted. We’ve got big challenges ahead, as there always are, but I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s about sending that message of the importance of Labour and what Labour can deliver to the city. We are ambitious and want to deliver fantastic things for the city moving forward.”

In Danesborough & Walton Park, it will be a family affair for the Hopkins as David will be joined by daughter Victoria as councillors, along with Alice Bramall to make it a Conservative trio.

Mr Hopkins said: “I think our relationship should help our ward. Victoria has grown up around politics all her life.”

Ms Hopkins, who was running for the first time said: “The campaign has been very exciting. The big issues are pot holes and broadband.”

Mr Hopkins added: “There will be a lot of growth in the area in the next four years with the Church Farm developments too.”

After working as Andrew Geary’s deputy for the last year, Mr Hopkins paid tribute to the departing leader.

He said: “He told us he would step down a year ago. It has been a pleasure working with Andrew as his deputy. He has been an outstanding leader.”

He was quick to rule himself out of the leadership race though.

“No, I won’t be running,” he said.

Former Leader of the Council, Sam Crooks, has regained his seat in Broughton.

The Lib Dem “I am obviously very pleased. I have been in and around the Broughton the area for a very long time, I love it.

“You’re always nervous and you can sense when things have gone well.

“You wait until the very last vote is counted before the nerves go and you realise you’ve actually won.

“It’s clear there will be a new administration, which the Labour party will form, so the city is obviously going to change.

“I think the change is good. I want to see the input and changes within the budget that will be aimed at disadvantaged people who are finding it hard to pay the bills and particularly with public transport being cut back are finding it very hard to get around.

“The area that I represent there are people who have a very poor, difficult existence because they’re just trying to make ends meet and I want to see what help the city and the Labour party will give them.”

It wasn’t good news for UKIP’s Lee Barney who lost his seat, which was the party’s only councillor on MK Council.

“I am disappointed, but it’s not unexpected so it’s fine,” said Mr Barney.

“I had prepared myself. The poll reports that came out indicated that the kind of area I was standing in wouldn’t necessarily vote logically for UKIP anyway so that’s just the way it goes.

“I’m looking forward to our first win, that’ll be good. I’m looking forward to celebrating with the team.

“I honestly don’t know what the future holds, I’m going to take stock and think about what it is I want to achieve.

“Maybe play more of a supporting role in the party.

“I’m down, but not out.”