Yas­meen is elected as new West coun­cil­lor

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

PEO­PLE from West ward will be rep­re­sented by a new coun­cil­lor, af­ter Yas­meen Maq­bool won the Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil elec­tion on Thurs­day.

Con­ser­va­tive Cllr Maq­bool (32) has re­placed for­mer ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sa­man­tha Dal­ton, who de­cided not to con­test the seat and is the city’s first fe­male Mus­lim coun­cil­lor.

Cllr Maq­bool votes.

Her near­est ri­vals were Labour’s Be­drea Laf­tah (547) and UKIP’S John Myles (499).

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date April Plant re­ceived 304 votes and Lib­eral Demo­crat Beki Sel­lick got 156

re­ceived

1,079 votes.

Cllr Maq­bool said: “I am a con­fi­dent, en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate per­son.

“I thrive upon chal­lenges and am com­mit­ted to be­ing at the fore­front of bring­ing about pos­i­tive changes for all res­i­dents.

“I want to en­sure that all of West Ward is a safe and re­ward­ing place to work and live.

“Hav­ing worked at Gov­ern­ment Of­fice East of Eng­land as a pro­gramme man­ager, I re­alised how we can make pos­i­tive changes through var­i­ous roles within our city.

“Coun­cil­lors play a key part in shap­ing our city and I hope to reju- ve­nate and bring a fresh, dy­namic ap­proach to the city coun­cil.

“I want to en­sure that all of West Ward is a clean, safe and re­ward­ing place to live, work and play.

“I will lobby on be­half of West Ward res­i­dents to the lo­cal au­thor­ity to en­sure their views are heard.

“Some of my pri­or­i­ties will be to bring pos­i­tive re­de­vel­op­ment into our area, lobby for more in­vest­ment for our area and en­hance lo­cal leisure fa­cil­i­ties and pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for our chil­dren.”

The ward turnout was 38 per cent – con­sid­er­ably higher than the Peter­bor­ough av­er­age of 30.7 per cent.

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