Labour wins first town seat for 12 years

For­mer Tory tops poll by one vote

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ELECTION 2015 - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

In

2013, Mr

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.

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