New Lib Dem leader on county council takes his place after Leicestershire elections
By Shantelle Gondo
The Liberal Democrats are currently congratulating their new leader in gaining the highest votes within the De Montfort ward.
After the Leicestershire County Council elections that occurred on Thursday (MAY06), won overall by the Conservatives, Michael Mullaney was elected with 1,957 votes in the De Montfort ward, and also became the new leader of the Liberal Democrats group on the council.
Mr Mullaney said: “I came first within the De Montfort division elections and the share of the votes went up from last time.
“The elections seemed to go very well despite COVID, people still turned up to vote and it went ahead without too many issues.
“I’m very happy to carry on helping people in Hinckley, I’ve also become leader of the opposition on the county council following the elections, as well as the leader of the Liberal Democrats.
“This a new opportunity, I’m glad to be to be able to carry on representing Hinckley, there’s a lot of issues that need taking up.
“In particular the fact that Leicestershire gets the lowest funding of any county in the country which needs to be touched upon, which obviously impacts on the equality upon services such as roads and those that people rely on.”
Mr Mullaney said he has had great success in helping the Hinckley community, such as :
Saving Hinckley’s Ambulance station when it was threatened with closure
He successfully campaigned to save Desford Library when Conservatives County Council threatened to close it
He campaigned to keep Mount Road Hospital in Hinckley open, which is threatened with closing down
He was involved in the successful campaign to save Barwell Sure Start Children’s Centre when the Conservative County Council wanted to close it
Campaigned with local Liberal Democrats and residents to stop the proposed axing of the 159 bus that serves many local villages including Newbold Verdon, Barlestone and Market Bosworth
He campaigned for more police on local streets including in rural areas, following big cuts to Leicestershire police under the Tories