Election reaction: Marland keen to get going as leader

Labour celebrate
Labour celebrate

Labour leader Peter Marland is enthusiastic about the future of Milton Keynes after his group won 25 seats in the Council elections on Friday.

While there is no majority control of the council once again, Labour took 25 seats to the Conservatives’ 18. The Lib Dems took 13 seats, while UKIP took one.

Earlier in the day, Councillor Andrew Geary stepped down from his position as Conservative leader, meaning there would be a new person in charge regardless of the result.

And Mr Marland said he was delighted with the result, and has big plans for Milton Keynes in his time as leader.

“I’m over the moon and very excited,” he said. “We have put a lot of hard work into it, we’ve put about half a millions leaflets through people’s letter boxes, spoken to about 15,000 people just in the past month alone so I’m absolutely elated.

“We are about six per cent ahead of the national swing here, so I think the result is a combination of talking to people and putting forward an ambitious agenda that actually speaks to the people of Milton Keynes.

“I was proud when I was first elected, but yes I am really proud now to lead the city I came to seven years ago.

“It’s an amazing thing and a massive honour and responsibility.

“When we talk about people who are disillusioned with politics we really have to win them back by being truthful and sticking to our word and implementing the things that they put our faith into for us.”