New district council leader elected

Councillor Neil Blake
Councillor Neil Blake

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.