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New faces enjoy the moment as Tories make gains

New faces enjoy the moment as Tories make gains New faces enjoy the moment as Tories make gains
Updated: 3:40 pm, May 12, 2015

A LOT of fresh faces will be gracing Redditch borough council after the local elections today (Friday).

Both Labour and Conservatives welcomed a number of new councillors who will be representing wards across the borough.

Among those to take up a seat is Jenny Wheeler for Labour in Greenlands.

The former headteacher of Pitcheroak School replaced Rebecca Blake who stood down from the council to go head-to-head with Karen Lumley in the battle to be the borough’s MP.

Mrs Wheeler, who has years of experience in education, said she had always been interested in politics and since retiring 18-months ago had decided to give it go.

“I had hoped to win the seat because we had a very good campaign which we started early.

“We were aware we had strong opposition and had to fight hard to get Labour policies and principles across, but we broke through.

“I’m somebody who is energetic, thoughtful and hard working. I’m committed and willing to get involved when its difficult to try and solve problems.

“I’ll work for the people of Redditch.”

The Tories welcomed Tom Baker- Price in Headless Cross and Oakenshaw – the youngest Conservative councillor at the tender age of 21.

Antonia Pulsford also joined the group on Winyates but was not there on the day, while former police officer Gareth Prosser took a seat in Crabbs Cross.

Mr Prosser, who was an officer for more than 38 years, which included working as a local inspector, tried his luck in Winyates last year but lost out.

“I spoke with my fellow members and we thought it was a good idea to come back again.

“I was quietly confident, as my role as local inspector gave me the opportunity to work with partnership agencies and I got to know what people in the community care about.”

Matt Dormer was also welcomed to the West ward by returning Conservative David Bush.

Mr Dormer said he had decided to become a councillor for the first time because he had to ‘stop moaning and do something about it.’

The duo said they were going to fight to get West the recognition it deserves including better facilities at Morton Stanley Park.