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COUNCILLORS TAKE COMMONS SEATS

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Some 146 of the new MPs have a local government background. The swing to Labour has meant even more than the 83 pre...
Some 146 of the new MPs have a local government background. The swing to Labour has meant even more than the 83 predicted by LGC in January.

A total of 123 Labour MPs with local government experience will take their seats at Westminster together with 14 Liberal Democrats and nine Conservatives, according to the Local Government Association.

Among the most well-known appointments are Tony Colman, who beat David Mellor to represent Putney. Mr Colman is leader of Merton LBC and chairman of 4Ps.

He will be joined by Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside), leader of Lancashire CC, and Graham Stringer (Manchester Blackley), former leader of Manchester City Council.

Charlotte Atkins, ex Unison officer and Wandsworth LBC member from 1982 to 1986, won Staffordshire Moorlands.

Peter Bradley (The Wrekin) was deputy group leader of Westminster's Labour group from 1990 to 1996, and played a leading role in exposing the homes-for-votes scandal.

Enfield North was taken from former defence secretary Michael Portillo by Islington LBC member Stephen Twigg.

Association of Local Government secretary John McDonnell won Hayes and Harlington.

Professor Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test) was leader of Southampton City Council from 1984 to 1992, and key advisor to the Labour front-bench environment team.

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