Labour wins first town seat for 12 years
Former Tory tops poll by one vote
A LABOUR councillor will sit on Chesham Town Council for the first time in 12 years after last week’s election.
Mohammad Bhatti made history when he was selected as the town’s first Muslim Labour Councillor last Thursday when he racked up 473 votes for the Chesham ward of Newtown.
No stranger to the council chambers, Mr Bhatti has been an elected councillor in Chesham for a number of years as a Conservative and was the first Muslim mayor of the town.
Bhatti defected to Labour after disagreeing with the direction of the Conservative party and campaigned successfully to resume his seat as a Labour Party candidate at Chiltern District Council.
He stood again at Chiltern District Council last week but lost out to Conservative Mark Shaw.
Mr Bhatti said he is looking forward to again serving on Chesham Town Council
He added: “This was an incredibly tough election and I knew it would be difficult, given the Labour Party has not been successful in Chesham since 2003. I knew it was a big risk to take but I carried on in the face of strong opposition in the
HISTORIC: Councillor Mohammad Bhatti heart of the Conservative strong-hold, to give the residents of Chesham a choice other than voting for the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats.
“A new younger generation is politically awake and wanting to see real change in the council chambers and me and my generation are getting increasingly fed-up of all talk and no action from the other parties. I’m incredibly grateful for those who voted, trusted and supported me throughout my campaign and I will spend the next four years serving to the best of my ability. It was an honour to make history and an absolute shock to win with the highest votes in the ward.”
Mr Bhatti will represent Newtown with Conservative Qaser Chaudhry, who secured 472 votes – one fewer than Mr Bhatti.