New district council leader elected

Councillor Neil Blake

Councillor Neil Blake

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Councillor Neil Blake has been chosen to be the new leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Mr Blake, who represents Great Brickhill, will take up the post after winning a vote among Conservative members last night.

He beat off competition from Michael Edmonds, the deputy leader, and Phil Yerby, a former cabinet member.

Mr Blake, who is the cabinet member for resources, will be officially announced as leader at a full council meeting tonight.

He replaces Councillor John Cartwright, who has led the authority for 13 years.