The Milton Keynes Conservatives are beckoning in a new era of local politics with Cllr Alex Walker and Cllr Alice Jenkins announcing their resignation as the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Conservative group for Milton Keynes Council.
Cllr Walker has served Leader of the Conservative Group for 4 years and during that time they have become the largest party on Milton Keynes Council with 23 seats and returned their best electoral result in 30 years in 2021, where they gained 6 seats on the Council.
The Conservatives have now elected a diverse and ambitious new leadership team. Saleena Raja, the Cllr for Shenley Brook End ward, will become Leader marking the third time that the Conservative Group have elected a female-leader. Cllr Raja is an experienced campaigner who won the Shenley Brook End Ward in 2019 amidst a tough electoral mood and has held the Shadow Cabinet role for Transport since 2021.
Manish Verma, the Cllr for Tattenhoe, has been elected as Deputy Leader.
Cllr Saleena Raja, the new leader for the Conservative Group, said:
“I am very excited to get going as the new leader of the Conservative Group. We know that we have a lot to offer the residents of Milton Keynes and as the largest party on MK Council, we have an important role to play in scrutinising the work of the Labour and Lib Dem coalition.
I am confident that with hard work and determination, that we can build on the great team Alex and Alice have created, to take control of MK Council and lead this city with an ambitious programme for the future.
With council tax up, recycling collections being scrapped and wheelie bins hitting households in the next year, it is vital that we knuckle down and fight for a better Milton Keynes and one we know that residents deserve.”
Cllr Alex Walker, the outgoing leader, added:
“The new leadership team has our 100% support and backing.
After 4 years at the helm, it is now time to pass the baton onto new leadership so they can deliver the Conservative-controlled Council we know Milton Keynes residents want in the future.
I know that the new leadership team will take the group forward and be a resounding success not only for local Conservatives, but for Milton Keynes.”